listen for


: to pay attention to sounds in order to hear (something expected)
We listened for (the sound of) his footsteps.
We saw lightning and listened for the thunder.

Examples of listen for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When fish go cold and stop eating, go explore new water and listen for bugs. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 29 May 2024 The physical will measure things like blood pressure and pulse and listen for heart murmurs. Amanda Sealy, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Smith’s voice is still an instrument of formidable power and style, while this gorgeous record is an essential listen for fans of old-school country. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 15 Apr. 2024 There’s a kind of melancholic whimsy here, and lyrical poetry, which makes this song an appropriate listen for a solar eclipse. Maria Sherman, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024 Through introspective dialogue and thoughtful discussions with notable figures such as Will Packer, Pretty Vee, Kirk Franklin, and several others, the weekly audio series has become a popular listen for a variety of demographics. Okla Jones, Essence, 3 Apr. 2024 When a watch is issued, people in the affected area should listen for later information and possible warnings, especially when planning travel or outdoor activities. Eshaan Sarup, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 Even though many experts don’t see detection methods as reliable, there are still cues that humans can listen for to tell if an audio recording is synthetic. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 4 Feb. 2024 Researchers set up sound monitoring stations in a variety of forested areas in Myanmar to listen for their songs. Ailsa Chang, NPR, 23 Feb. 2024

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“Listen for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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