Definition of Paying attention

1. Noun. Paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people). "He spends without heed to the consequences"

Exact synonyms: Attentiveness, Heed, Regard
Generic synonyms: Attending, Attention
Specialized synonyms: Advertence, Advertency
Attributes: Heedless, Unheeding, Attentive, Heedful, Thoughtful
Derivative terms: Attentive, Heed
Antonyms: Inattentiveness

2. Adjective. Taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention. "Heedful of what they were doing"
Exact synonyms: Attentive, Heedful, Thoughtful
Attributes: Attentiveness, Heed, Regard
Derivative terms: Attend, Attentiveness, Heedfulness, Thoughtfulness
Antonyms: Heedless

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Literary usage of Paying attention

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1. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1857)
"(3) A young man paying attention to a young woman is said in Norfolk to trape his winy at Лег, а metaphor taken from the habits of the turkey-cock. ..."

2. Modern Women and what is Said of Them: Reprint of a Series of Articles in by Elizabeth Lynn] [Linton (1868)
"... and yet it is equally hard for him to go without being judiciously manoeuvred into "paying attention " to the one young lady who has been selected to ..."

3. The Bay of San Francisco: The Metropolis of the Pacific Coast and Its by Lewis Publishing Company (1892)
"While engaged in the general practice of medicine, he is paying attention to the use of electricity as a curative agent. 81. ..."

4. Memoirs of His Own Life by Tate Wilkinson (1790)
"As I was paying attention, in the fifth act, to Mr. Moody's Grave-digger, Mr. Kennedy (the manager) plucked me by the ..."

5. Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style Into Writer's Workshop by Jeff Anderson (2005)
"1) —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner Life Detectives—paying attention to Detail and the Cumulative Sentence First, we talk about the writer's craft of close ..."

6. The Memoirs of Count Lavallette by Antoine-Marie Chamans La Valette (1832)
"Sir Robert went up to them : they separated, that we might pass; and, to prevent them from paying attention to us, Mr. Hutchinson began a conversation with ..."

7. Travel Letters from New Zealand, Australia and Africa by Edgar Watson Howe (1913)
"The son seems to be the principal culprit, as he is paying attention to a certain Miss Helen the mother does not like; but the husband is well trained, ..."

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