What does Listen mean?

Definitions for Listen
ˈlɪs ənLis·ten

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. listen(Verb)

    To pay attention to a sound, to note.

    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.

  2. listen(Verb)

    To wait for a sound, such as a signal.

    You should listen for the starting gun.

    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.

  3. listen(Verb)

    To accept or obey oral instruction.

    Good children listen to their parents.

    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.

  4. listen(Verb)

    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.

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

Freebase

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. listen

    To focus and hear what a person is saying or communicating.

    They did listen to each other respectfully.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  
  2. listen

    To give attention, hear and remember what a person is saying.

    They did listen to each other respectfully.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of Listen in a Sentence

  1. Simone Weil:

    Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.

  2. Andrew Schneider:

    Listen, can you hear it Spring's sweet cantata. The strains of grass pushing through the snow. The song of buds swelling on the vine. The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart. Spring.

  3. Christine Lagarde:

    They are competent, intelligent, they've thought about their issues. We have to listen to them, we are starting to work together and it is a process that is starting and is going to last a certain time.

  4. Sophia Dembling:

    Put an extrovert in charge of extroverts, and that leader is less likely to listen to suggestions and more likely to compete for attention and feel threatened by their team members.

  5. Trent Lott:

    He plays his cards very close to his chest, he is an interminable listener, he may not say much but he’ll just sit there and listen and listen and listen.

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