listen

[lis-uhn]
verb (used without object)
1.
to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
2.
to pay attention; heed; obey (often followed by to ): Children don't always listen to their parents.
3.
to wait attentively for a sound (usually followed by for ): to listen for sounds of their return.
4.
Informal. to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound: The new recording doesn't listen as well as the old one.
verb (used with object)
5.
Archaic. to give ear to; hear.
Verb phrases
6.
listen in,
a.
to listen to a radio or television broadcast: Listen in tomorrow for the names of the lottery winners.
b.
to overhear a conversation or communication, especially by telephone; eavesdrop: Someone was listening in to his private calls.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English lis(t)nen, Old English hlysnan; cognate with Middle High German lüsenen, Swedish lyssna; akin to list5

listener, noun
relisten, verb
unlistening, adjective


1. See hear.
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listen (ˈlɪsən)
 
vb
1.  to concentrate on hearing something
2.  to take heed; pay attention: I told you many times but you wouldn't listen
 
[Old English hlysnan; related to Old High German lūstrēn]
 
'listener
 
n

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listen
O.E. hlysnan "to listen," from P.Gmc. *khlusinon (cf. O.H.G. hlosen "to listen," Ger. lauschen "to listen"), from PIE base *kleu- "hearing, to hear" (cf. Skt. srnoti "hears," srosati "hears, obeys;" Avestan sraothra "ear;" M.Pers. srod "hearing, sound;" Lith. klausau "to hear," slove "splendor, honor;"
O.C.S. slusati "to hear," slava "fame, glory," slovo "word;" Gk. klyo "hear, be called," kleos "report, rumor, fame glory," kleio "make famous;" L. cluere "to hear oneself called, be spoken of;" O.Ir. ro-clui-nethar "hears," clunim "I hear," clu "fame, glory," cluada "ears;" Welsh clywaf "I hear;" O.E. hlud "loud," hleoðor "tone, tune;" O.H.G. hlut "sound;" Goth. hiluþ "listening, attention"). The -t- probably is by influence of O.E. hlystan (see list (v.2)). For vowel evolution, see bury.
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Example sentences
So a listener who wants to hear, say, the third item on the first side of the
  tape simply fast-forwards to the third beep.
The listener is not able to understand where the acoustic instrument is and
  where the new sampled sound comes in.
Fool is he who alone talks and is his only listener.
In any intermediary lyrical period its effect upon the listener is apt to be
  one of experiment and vacillation.
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