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|Noun||1.||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
|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"|