Listen meaning

lĭsən
Listen is defined as to make an effort to hear or pay close attention to someone or something.

An example of listen is eavesdropping.

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To make a conscious effort to hear; attend closely, so as to hear.
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To make an effort to hear something.

Listen to the radio; listen for the bell that ends class.

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To pay attention; heed.
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An act of listening.

Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it?

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(intransitive) To expect or wait for a sound, such as a signal.

You should listen for the starting gun.

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(archaic) To hear (something or someone), to pay attention to.
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(intransitive) To accept advice or obey instruction; to agree or assent.

Good children listen to their parents.

Listen, the only reason I yelled at you was because I was upset, OK?

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To pay close attention; take advice.
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(archaic) To pay attention to by listening; hear.
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The act of listening.
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(intransitive) To pay attention to a sound or speech.

Please listen carefully as I explain.

I like to listen to music.

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listen in
  • to listen to the conversation of others; esp., to eavesdrop
  • to listen to a broadcast
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listen up!
  • listen carefully! give me your attention!
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of listen

  • Middle English listenen alteration (influenced by listen to list, listen list4) of Old English hlysnan kleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English listnen, alteration (interpreted as frequentative of listen) from Old English hlysnan, from Proto-Germanic *hlūsinōną (compare Middle High German lüsenen), from *hlusēną (compare Old High German hlosēn), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew- (“to hear”) (compare Ancient Greek κλαίω (klaiō, “I make known, famous”), Latin clueō (“I am famous”), Lithuanian klausýti, Old Church Slavonic слѹшати (slušati, “to hear”), Sanskrit श्रोषति (śróṣati). Related to loud.

    From Wiktionary