The thinker of to-day has a great duty—to auscultate civilization.
Nevertheless, they gave advice, got on the moral hobby again, and had the assurance to auscultate.
"I wish you to auscultate me," he said, addressing the doctor who entered the room.
"to listen" (especially with a stethoscope), 1832, from Latin auscultatus, past participle of auscultare "to listen attentively to," from aus-, from auris "ear" (see ear (n.1)); "the rest is doubtful" [OED]. Tucker suggests the second element is akin to clinere "to lean, bend."
auscultate aus·cul·tate (ô'skəl-tāt') or aus·cult (ô'skəlt)
v. aus·cul·tat·ed or aus·cul·ted, aus·cul·tat·ing or aus·cul·ting, aus·cul·tates or aus·cults
To examine by auscultation.