AskDefine | Define listen

Dictionary Definition



1 hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
2 listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision" [syn: hear, take heed]
3 pay close attention to; give heed to; "Heed the advice of the old men" [syn: heed, mind]

User Contributed Dictionary



From hlysnan.


  • , /ˈlɪsən/|/ˈlɪsn̩/, /"lIs@n/|2=/"lIsn=/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪsən


  1. To pay attention to a sound, to note.
    Please listen carefully as I explain.
    I like to listen to music.
  2. To wait for a sound, such as a signal.
    You should listen for the starting gun.
  3. To accept or obey oral instruction.
    Good children listen to their parents.
  4. transitive archaic To hear (something), to pay attention to something said.


to pay attention
to wait for a sound
to accept oral instruction
to hear (something)

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Extensive Definition

Listen may refer to:
In computing:
In music:
listen in Spanish: Listen
listen in Portuguese: Listen
listen in Simple English: Listen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

NB, attend, attend to, auscultate, be all ears, bend an ear, bug, cock the ears, eavesdrop, examine by ear, give attention, give audience to, give ear, give ear to, hark, hear, hear out, hearken, hearken to, heed, intercept, lend an ear, listen at, listen in, listen to, mind, obey, pay attention to, sit in on, straitened circumstances, tap, wiretap
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