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1listen

verb lis·ten \ˈli-sən\

: to pay attention to someone or something in order to hear what is being said, sung, played, etc.

—used to tell a person to listen to what you are saying

: to hear what someone has said and understand that it is serious, important, or true

lis·tenedlis·ten·ing \ˈlis-niŋ, ˈli-sən-iŋ\

Full Definition of LISTEN

transitive verb
archaic
:  to give ear to :  hear
intransitive verb
1
:  to pay attention to sound <listen to music>
2
:  to hear something with thoughtful attention :  give consideration <listen to a plea>
3
:  to be alert to catch an expected sound <listen for his step>
lis·ten·er \ˈlis-nər, ˈli-sən-ər\ noun

Examples of LISTEN

  1. I listened as hard as I could, but I couldn't hear a word of what he said over all that noise.
  2. She listened with interest as he told her about his travels.
  3. She tried to warn him of the dangers, but he wouldn't listen.

Origin of LISTEN

Middle English listnen, from Old English hlysnan; akin to Sanskrit śroṣati he hears, Old English hlūd loud
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to LISTEN

Synonyms
attend, hark, harken, hear, hearken, heed, mind, prick up one's ears
Antonyms
ignore, tune out

Rhymes with LISTEN

2listen

noun

: the act of listening to something

Full Definition of LISTEN

:  an act of listening

First Known Use of LISTEN

1788

Rhymes with LISTEN

LISTENER Defined for Kids

listen

verb lis·ten \ˈli-sən\
lis·tenedlis·ten·ing

Definition of LISTEN for Kids

1
:  to pay attention in order to hear <Are you listening to me?>
2
:  to hear and consider seriously <He listened to his father's advice.>
lis·ten·er \ˈlis-nər, ˈli-sən-ər\ noun

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