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Language: Old English
Origin: hlysnan

listen

1 verb
     
lis‧ten1 S1 W1 [intransitive]
1 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.
listen to
We sat around listening to music.
listen carefully/intently/hard etc
The whole class was listening attentively.
Liz stood still and listened hard (=very carefully).
! 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).
2 spoken used to tell someone to pay attention to what you are going to say:
Listen, I want you to come with me.
3 to consider what someone says and accept their advice:
I told him not to go, but he just wouldn't listen.
listen to
I wish I'd listened to Dad.
She refused to listen to reason (=accept sensible advice).

listen for something

phrasal verb
to listen carefully so that you will notice a particular sound:
Listen for the moment when the music changes.

listen in

phrasal verb
1 to listen to a broadcast on the radio
listen in to
I must remember to listen in to the news.
tune in (1)
2 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 out

phrasal verb
to listen carefully so that you will notice a particular sound
listen out for
Listen out for the baby in case she wakes up.

listen up

phrasal verb
used to get people's attention so they can hear what you are going to say:
Hey everybody, listen up!

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