paying attention

Definitions of paying attention
  1. adjective
    taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention
    synonyms: attentive, heedful, thoughtful
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    heedless, unheeding
    marked by or paying little heed or attention
    careless, regardless
    (usually followed by `of') without due thought or consideration
    deaf, indifferent
    (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
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  2. noun
    paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)
    synonyms: attentiveness, heed, regard
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    heedlessness, inattentiveness
    a lack of attentiveness (as to children or helpless people)
    advertence, advertency
    the process of being heedful
    type of:
    attending, attention
    the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
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