lis‧ten1 S1 W1 [intransitive]
to pay attention to what someone is saying or to a sound that you can hear:
Listen! There's a strange noise in the engine.
We sat around listening to music.
listen carefully/intently/hard etc! listen is never followed directly by a noun. It must be followed by to and then a noun or a clause: Listen to what I say (NOT listen what I say).
The whole class was listening attentively.
Liz stood still and listened hard (=very carefully).
used to tell someone to pay attention to what you are going to say:
Listen, I want you to come with me.
to consider what someone says and accept their advice:
I told him not to go, but he just wouldn't listen.
I wish I'd listened to Dad.
She refused to listen to reason (=accept sensible advice).
listen for somethingphrasal verb
Listen for the moment when the music changes.
listen inphrasal verb
to listen to a broadcast on the radio
listen in to➔ tune in (1)
I must remember to listen in to the news.
to listen to someone's conversation when they do not want you to
listen in on
It sounded like someone was listening in on us.
listen outphrasal verb
listen out for
Listen out for the baby in case she wakes up.
listen upphrasal verb
Hey everybody, listen up!