What does listen mean?

Definitions for listen
ˈlɪs ənlis·ten

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

Examples of listen in a Sentence

  1. Melania Trump:

    If he would only listen.

  2. Elainna Hudson:

    Look and listen to the people.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    I heard you, you listen to me now.

  4. Paul Tillich:

    The first duty of love is to listen.

  5. Hugh Elliott:

    All people want is someone to listen.

Images & Illustrations of listen

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