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Definition of "listen" []

  • To make an effort to hear something: listen to the radio; listening for the bell. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pay attention; heed: "She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit” ( Maya Angelou). (verb-intransitive)
  • An act of listening: Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it? (noun)
  • Listen in To listen to a conversation between others; eavesdrop. (phrasal-verb)
  • Listen in To tune in and listen to a broadcast. (phrasal-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "listen" in a sentence
  • "I say, if you want to know where jazz is going, listen to a Bugge Wesseltoft record (it used to be _listen to a Miles Davis record_ but he's in heaven with Dizzy and the Duke). 5 solid stars."
  • "While stating he is still in the * listen, listen, listen* mode and some specific goals remain to be established, Bradley noted enrollment is job one at Indiana State and he has already formed an Enrollment and Retention Task Force to develop five to 10 ways to impact enrollment and retention by fall 2009."
  • "One of the first questions I ask when I look at a communication plan is, How long does it take before you see the word listen?"