An example of listen is eavesdropping.
Listen to the radio; listen for the bell that ends class.
Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it?
- to listen to the conversation of others; esp., to eavesdrop
- to listen to a broadcast
- listen carefully! give me your attention!
Origin of listen
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.