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To pay attention - thesaurus




to give all your attention to the thing you are doing



to concentrate on something and pay particular attention to it



to pay attention to what someone tells you and do what they suggest

turn to

to direct your attention, thoughts etc towards someone or something

pay attention

to listen to, watch, or consider something or someone very carefully

take notice

to pay attention to something

zero in on

to start to give all your attention to a particular person or thing

hone in on

to give all your attention to something

concern yourself

to pay attention to something because it is important or because it worries you

sit up and take notice

to start to pay attention

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be wrapped up in something

to spend so much time doing something or thinking about it that you do not notice anything else



to give most of your attention to one aim or activity



to think about someone’s feelings or reactions

fasten on

if your attention fastens on someone or something, you start to pay close attention to them



to be interested in the progress or development of someone or something

have/keep your ear to the ground

to pay attention to what is happening, so that you know about any changes in a situation

have one eye on

to keep looking at or paying attention to someone or something while you are doing something else



formal to consider someone’s advice or warning and do what they suggest

home in on

to go straight to the most important part of a situation or the part of a situation that you are most interested in

keep (a) watch

to pay attention to a situation carefully so that you can deal with any changes or problems

keep a weather eye on

to pay careful attention to a situation or person because something bad may happen

latch onto

to immediately become very interested in something that you discover

look to

to direct your thoughts or attention to something

lose yourself in something

to be so interested in something that you do not notice what is happening around you

make a mental note

to make a particular effort to pay attention to something so that you will remember it later

pay heed to

to give careful attention to someone’s advice or warning



to follow the development or progress of something



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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