Definitions for: Listen


[v] hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
[v] listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"
[v] pay close attention to; give heed to; "Heed the advice of the old men"



Webster (1913) Definition: Lis"ten, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Listened; p. pr. & vb.
n. Listening.] [OE. listnen, listen, lustnen, lusten, AS.
hlystan; akin to hlyst hearing, OS. hlust, Icel. hlusta to
listen, hlust ear, AS. hlosnian to wait in suspense, OHG.
hlos[=e]n to listen, Gr. ?, and E. loud. [root]41. See
Loud, and cf. List to listen.]
1. To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to
give ear; to hearken; to attend.

When we have occasion to listen, and give a more
particular attention to same sound, the tympanum is
drawn to a more than ordinary tension. --Holder.

2. To give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to
obey.

Listen to me, and by me be ruled. --Tennyson.

To listen after, to take an interest in. [Obs.]

Soldiers note forts, armories, and magazines;
scholars listen after libraries, disputations, and
professors. --Fuller.

Syn: To attend; hearken. See Attend.


Lis"ten, v. t.
To attend to. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: heed, mind, take heed

See Also: advert, attend, center, centre, comprehend, concentrate, eavesdrop, focus, give ear, hang, hark, harken, hear, hear out, hearken, incline, listen in, obey, pay attention, pay heed, perceive, pore, rivet

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