What does listen mean?

Definitions for listenˈlɪs ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word listen.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. listen(verb)

    hear with intention

    "Listen to the sound of this cello"

  2. listen, hear, take heed(verb)

    listen and pay attention

    "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"

  3. heed, mind, listen(verb)

    pay close attention to; give heed to

    "Heed the advice of the old men"


  1. listen(Verb)

    To pay attention to a sound, to note.

  2. listen(Verb)

    To wait for a sound, such as a signal.

    You should listen for the starting gun.

  3. listen(Verb)

    To accept or obey oral instruction.

    Good children listen to their parents.

  4. listen(Verb)

    To hear (something or someone), to pay attention to.

  5. Origin: From listnen, from hlysnan, from *hlusinon (compare lüstern, luisteren and lauschen), from ḱlew-. Akin to rochluiniur 'I hear', clueo, κλαίω, κλέος, լամ, degjoj, from ant. glôj, glûej, слути, слѹшати, klausau 'to hear', Middle Persian , श्रु. More at loud.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Listen(verb)

    to give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend

  2. Listen(verb)

    to give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey

  3. Listen(verb)

    to attend to


  1. Listen

    Listen is the third album by R&B singer TQ. It was released on August 31, 2004 in the United States and October 17, 2005 in the United Kingdom.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'listen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2214

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'listen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #670

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'listen' in Verbs Frequency: #191

Anagrams for listen »

  1. enlist, inlets, leints, silent, tinsel

  2. Enlist

  3. Inlets

  4. Leints

  5. Silent

  6. Tinsel


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of listen in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of listen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ernest Hemingway:

    When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

  2. Ernest Hemingway:

    I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

  3. Perry Brass:

    Stay up and listen to lightening. If there is no lightening around, stay up and listen to nothing. Just listen to the sheer joy of your thoughts trans-versing from one corner of your brain to the next.

  4. John Chigiti:

    The judge has to listen to the parents, listen to doctors, listen to experts, and if the child is able to (talk), listen to the child, and then come up with a decision based on the best interests of the child.

  5. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

    The lesson that I hope we as Republicans learn is that we are perceived as very hard and cold, and we know we're not, but how are we showing that? The best way for us to show it is to listen, and that's what I took, is we need to listen more.

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