What does Listening mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. listening, hearingnoun

    the act of hearing attentively

    "you can learn a lot by just listening"; "they make good music--you should give them a hearing"


  1. listeningnoun

    Action of the verb listening

    You can learn a lot from grandparents by listening.

  2. listeningnoun

    Skill or ability for nonnatives of English language of perceiving spoken English.

    You can improve your listening well by watching English-language films.

  3. listeningadjective

    Of something that listens, or is used in order to listen.


  1. Listening

    Listening is giving attention to a sound or action. When listening, a person hears what others are saying and tries to understand what it means. The act of listening involves complex affective, cognitive and behavioral processes. Affective processes include the motivation to listen to others; cognitive processes include attending to, understanding, receiving and interpreting content and relational messages; and behavioral processes include responding to others with verbal and nonverbal feedback. Listening is a skill for resolving problems. Poor listening can lead to misinterpretations, thus causing conflict or a dispute. Other causes can be excessive interruptions, inattention, hearing what you want to hear, mentally composing a response, and having a closed mind.Listening is also linked to memory. According to one study, during a speech some background noises heard by listeners helped them recall some of the information by hearing it again. For example, when a person reads or does something else while listening to music, he or she can recall what that was when hearing the music again later.Listening also functions rhetorically as a means of promoting the cross-culture communicative discourses. Ratcliffe built her argument upon two incidents in which individuals demonstrated a tendency to refuse the cross-cultural discourses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Listening

    of Listen

Editors Contribution

  1. listeningverb

    Verb form of the word listen.

    The listening ear is important as listening is an art.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Listening' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3352

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Listening' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1189

Anagrams for Listening »

  1. tinseling

  2. enlisting

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Listening in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Listening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Listening in a Sentence

  1. Agustin Aduriz:

    I would like things to change and for no party to get a majority so none of them will be able to do whatever it wants without listening to others.

  2. Alley Mills:

    It’s a little bit like what’s happening now — some innocent people can get caught up in this stuff; it’s very tricky. It was so not true. It was my dresser, and I don’t care if she’s listening — I probably shouldn’t be telling this, but I don’t care because it was so long ago and it’s gotta be over now. i just thought this was a joke. You know, they bought her off, which really made me mad.

  3. John Boehner:

    We're going to make it clear to the president that we're listening to the American people, who want us to work together on their priorities, and their priorities have to do with the economy and jobs, we hope he'll start to listen, too, and reconsider his opposition to some of our jobs bills.

  4. Joe Biden:

    Tim Murtaugh should stop talking and start listening to the medical experts.

  5. Jamie Schwesnedl:

    People are furious, and rightly so, there's no government organization or person in the city actually listening to people, hearing their pain and their anger, and addressing their concerns.

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