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listen

play
verb lis·ten \ˈli-sən\

Simple Definition of listen

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of listen

listened

listening

play \ˈlis-niŋ, ˈli-sən-iŋ\

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give ear to :  hear

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to pay attention to sound <listen to music>

  5. 2 :  to hear something with thoughtful attention :  give consideration <listen to a plea>

  6. 3 :  to be alert to catch an expected sound <listen for his step>

listener

play \ˈlis-nər, ˈli-sən-ər\ noun

Examples of listen in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


2

listen

noun lis·ten

Simple Definition of listen

  • : the act of listening to something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of listen

  1. :  an act of listening

1788

First Known Use of listen

1788

Rhymes with listen



LISTEN Defined for Kids

listen

play
verb lis·ten \ˈli-sən\

Definition of listen for Students

listened

listening

  1. 1 :  to pay attention in order to hear <Are you listening to me?>

  2. 2 :  to hear and consider seriously <He listened to his father's advice.>

listener

\ˈlis-nər, ˈli-sən-ər\ noun




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