paying attention

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Noun1.paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
attending, attention - the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
advertence, advertency - the process of being heedful
Adj.1.paying attention - taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention; "heedful of the warnings"; "so heedful a writer"; "heedful of what they were doing"
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He had ordered her not to go out evenings, and warned her that she must never let him catch her in com- pany with a young man, who was paying attention to her belonging to Colonel Lloyd.
But Eva was not paying attention any longer, either to me or to Jose; his white teeth were showing in a grin for all his pain; her eyes were fixed in horror on the floor.
For the present, he is paying attention to Madame Mathieu, whose husband is keeping a lynx eye upon her in consequence.
However, the bare suspicion that the same stranger who had called already might be watching the house now, was enough to startle me very seriously, and to suggest the absolute necessity of occupying no more precious time in paying attention to the vagaries of Mrs.
Grimaud uttered a heavy groan, and let fall the bottle, which was broken without anybody paying attention.
I remember a holiday of mine being completely ruined one late autumn by our paying attention to the weather report of the local newspaper.
Lecount's surprise, instead of answering her, he bent forward in his chair, and looked with staring eyes and pointing hand at the second bottle which she had taken from the cupboard, and which she had hastily laid aside without paying attention to it.
In her new illustrated radio series The Art of Paying Attention, produced by Mark McLemore, Surdut features intricate drawings and personal interactions with desert dwellers.
Researchers said the findings highlight the long-term academic risks associated with children being distracted or not paying attention.
We're paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids.
They are paying attention now to Baltimore, to the burning and the looting sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a severe spinal injury after being chased and arrested by police officers earlier this month.