listen out for

phrasal verb

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

Examples of listen out for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On your smart speaker Smart speakers from Google, Apple, and Amazon will by default listen out for voice commands, enabling you to get the weather forecast or turn off your smart lights with a voice command. David Nield, Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2024

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“Listen out for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/listen%20out%20for. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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