Definitions for Listen
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Listen.
hear with intention
"Listen to the sound of this cello"
listen, hear, take heedverb
listen and pay attention
"Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"
heed, mind, listenverb
pay close attention to; give heed to
"Heed the advice of the old men"
To pay attention to a sound, to note.
To wait for a sound, such as a signal.
You should listen for the starting gun.
To accept or obey oral instruction.
Good children listen to their parents.
To hear (something or someone), to pay attention to.
Etymology: 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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To hear; to attend. Obsolete.
Lady, vouchsafe to listen what I say. William Shakespeare.
One cried, God bless us! and, amen! the other;
As they had seen me with these hangman’s hands,
Listening their fear I could not say, amen. William Shakespeare.
He, that no more must say, is listened more
Than they whom youth and ease have taught to glose. William Shakespeare, Richard II.
The wonted roar was up amidst the woods,
And filled the air with barbarous dissonance,
At which I ceas’d and listen’d them a while. John Milton.
To hearken; to give attention.
Listen to me, and if you speak me fair,
I’ll tell you news. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.
Antigonus used often to go disguised, and listen at the tents of his soldiers; and at a time heard some that spoke very ill of him: whereupon he said, If you speak ill of me, you should go a little farther off. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.
Listen, O isles, unto me, and hearken, ye people. Isa. xlix.
When we have occasion to listen, and give a more particular attention to some sound, the tympanum is drawn to a more than ordinary tension. William Holder, Elements of Speech.
On the green bank I sat, and listen’d long;
Nor till her lay was ended could I move,
But wish’d to dwell for ever in the grove. Dryden.
He shall be receiv’d with more regard,
And listen’d to, than modest truth is heard. Dryden.
To this humour most of our late comedies owe their success: the audience listens after nothing else. Addison.
Listen is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé. The song was written by Beyoncé, Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, and Anne Preven, and produced by The Underdogs, Matt Sullivan and Randy Spendlove for the 2006 musical film Dreamgirls, in which Beyoncé's character Deena Jones sings the song in an expression of independence from her controlling husband. Columbia Records released "Listen" as the lead single from the Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack album on December 5, 2006. It additionally appeared as a hidden track on international editions, and on the deluxe edition of Beyoncé's second solo studio album, B'Day. The Spanish version of the song, "Oye", was released on the EP, Irreemplazable, and the Spanish deluxe edition of B'Day. One of four new songs written for the feature version of Dreamgirls (originally a 1981 Broadway musical), "Listen" is a soul-R&B song; its lyrics make reference to tenacity, love, the refusal to defer dreams and finally rise towards fame. Its instrumentation includes bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, percussion, and violins, among others. Contemporary music critics complimented the strong and emotional vocals of Beyoncé, and added that the lyrics perfectly elaborate on Deena Jones's life. "Listen" won Best Original Song at the 2007 Critics' Choice Awards. It was nominated in the same category at the 2006 International Press Academy Satellite Award, at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards for all songwriters, and at the 2007 Academy Awards, for songwriters Krieger, Cutler and Preven.
Listening can be defined as the act of paying attention to and comprehending sounds, spoken words, or information conveyed through various forms of communication. It involves actively engaging with the speaker or audio source, receiving and interpreting the message being conveyed, and demonstrating understanding or providing appropriate responses if required. Effective listening requires focus, concentration, and a willingness to understand and empathize with the speaker's perspective or message.
Listening is the act of paying close attention to auditory stimuli, whether it be verbal or non-verbal, in order to understand, interpret, and process information being communicated. It involves focusing on the speaker or audio source, being receptive to their message, and actively engaging in the process of comprehending and assimilating the conveyed information. Effective listening encompasses not only hearing the sounds but also understanding the meaning, intent, and emotions conveyed through speech or other auditory signals.
to give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend
to give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey
to attend to
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.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Listen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2214
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Listen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #670
Rank popularity for the word 'Listen' in Verbs Frequency: #191
The numerical value of Listen in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Listen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
The government didn't listen to scientists, they didn't listen to epidemiologists, they didn't listen to doctors other than their chief medical officer of health. And because they failed to listen to scientists, they thought they could negotiate themselves out of this virus, but the virus is too strong, the variant is a different disease.
When making personal decisions, listen to what your head says then listen to what your heart says. If they differ, follow your heart Whenever you listen to your heart, you listen to that part of you that is most interested in your well-being.
UNHCR does not try to discourage the refugees from returning back to Syria at all. We respect people's decisions, the individual decisions for people to return, we have huge programmes to assist refugees here in Lebanon... part of that is to talk to the refugees and to listen, listen to their concerns, listen to their needs.
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.
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.
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- hoor, luisterAfrikaans
- نصت, استأنس, سمع, اطاع, أصغىArabic
- dinləmək, qulaq asmaqAzerbaijani
- паслу́хаць, слу́хацьBelarusian
- чу́я, послу́швам, послу́шам, чу́вам, слу́шам, ослу́швам се, ослу́шам се, вслу́швам се, вслу́шам сеBulgarian
- escoltarCatalan, Valencian
- poslouchat, slyšet, poslechnout, naslouchatCzech
- слꙑшатиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- høre efter, lytteDanish
- zuhören, lauschen, hörenGerman
- oír, escucharSpanish
- kuulatama, kuulama, kuulma, tähele panemaEstonian
- entzun, jaramon egin, aditu, kasu eginBasque
- شنیدن, نیوشیدن, گوش دادن, گوش کردنPersian
- kuunnella, uskoaFinnish
- lurta, lurta eftir, hoyraFaroese
- guetter, écouter, tendre l'oreilleFrench
- cluinn, èisd, èistScottish Gaelic
- atender, oír, escoitarGalician
- האזין, שמע, הקשיבHebrew
- सुनना, कान लगानाHindi
- figyel, hallgatHungarian
- ենթարկվել, լսել, ականջ դնելArmenian
- hlusta, á, eftirIcelandic
- stare, dare, sentire, in, ascolto, dar retta, ascoltare, perItalian
- 聞く, 聴くJapanese
- тыңдау, есітуKazakh
- ស្ដាប់, ឮ, ស្ដាប់ឮKhmer
- 듣다, 들어주다, 들리다Korean
- گوێ دان, گوێ گرتن, گوێ لێبونKurdish
- тыңдоо, угуу, тыңшооKyrgyz
- audiō, exaudio, auscultoLatin
- óplètte, loestere, huuere, heureLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- klausyti, girdėtiLithuanian
- dzirdēt, klausīties, klausītLatvian
- ऐकणे, सांगितलेले ऐकणेMarathi
- dengar, pasang telingaMalay
- naar, luisteren, wachten, horen, op, gehoorzamen, oplettenDutch
- høre, lystre, lytteNorwegian
- nandotan, babaamitam, noondaw, bizindaw, babaamendamOjibwe, Ojibwa
- usłuchać, słuchać, nasłuchiwać, wysłuchaćPolish
- غوږ نيول, اورولPashto, Pushto
- ouvir, escutarPortuguese
- audi, tarlar, tadler, tadlar, tedlarRomansh
- слу́шать, слы́шать, слу́шатьсяRussian
- aiscurtare, aiscultare, ascultareSardinian
- slušati, слушати, послушати, poslušati, чути, čutiSerbo-Croatian
- අහනවා, ඇහුම්කන් දෙනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- poslúchať, počuť, slyšať, načúvať, počúvaťSlovak
- poslušati, slišati, ubogatiSlovene
- dëgjoj, prit, ndëgjoj, dëgjoAlbanian
- mamela, utlwaSouthern Sotho
- lyssna, på, lydaSwedish
- கேள், மெதுவா கேள்Tamil
- ఆలకించు, సమ్మతించు, విను, వినుటTelugu
- гӯш кардан, гӯш доданTajik
- ฟัง, ยินThai
- dinggin, kinig, rinig, pakinggan, dinig, narinig, makinigTagalog
- fanongoTonga (Tonga Islands)
- dinlemek, duymakTurkish
- послу́хати, слу́хатися, слу́хати, чу́тиUkrainian
- سننا, کان لگاناUrdu
- tinglamoq, eshitmoqUzbek
- chờ đợi, vâng lời, chờ, nghe, đợi cho, nghe theo, lắng nghe, tuân theo, để ý đếnVietnamese
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