- to listen to the conversation of others; esp., to eavesdrop
- to listen to a broadcast
- listen carefully! give me your attention!
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Origin of Listen
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.
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
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