- 1Give one’s attention to a sound: evidently he was not listening sit and listen to the radioMore example sentences
- I listen to the sounds of the radiators ticking as the central heating comes on.
- Every few minutes he would stop and listen to what sounds there were in these quiet highland woods.
- It's not highbrow in an elitist way but you have to pay attention and think while listening to it.
- 1.1Take notice of and act on what someone says; respond to advice or a request: I told her over and over again, but she wouldn’t listenMore example sentences
- We should listen to expert advice, but to slavishly follow it on every occasion defies logic.
- Despite being aware of the dangers, a small minority of drivers don't listen to the advice.
- So he had no choice but to listen to the advice of his friend and enrolled a course for motormen.
- 1.2 (listen for or listen out for) Make an effort to hear something; be alert and ready to hear something: they listened for sounds from the baby’s roomMore example sentences
- He listens out for the car, hears the door close, sees Daddy walk past the window and then runs to the door to greet him.
- Hook listens for the ring of truth and doesn't hear it.
- Who is this third person who is neither one of the other two, who lies awake while they sleep, and listens for the chimes of country bells he doesn't hear?
- 1.3 (also North American listen up) [in imperative] Used to urge someone to pay attention to what one is going to say: listen, I’ve had an ideaMore example sentences
- Emily, the class is over here - ok, now that I have your attention, listen up; you'll work in pairs today.
- As someone with an advanced degree in marine biology - I also have a pipe and a tweed jacket, so listen up - it might not be the greatest idea to punch sharks in the nose, regardless of how hot you are.
- But the rest of you, listen up, because I've got compelling arguments with which to convince you, or your friends, if you're already a believer.
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- An act of listening to something: radio plays are definitely worth a listenMore example sentences
- Nevertheless, there are undoubtedly some hidden gems which make this set worth the listen.
- I wish they'd just put up a transcript, but for those of you with broadband it's well worth a listen.
- On this performance her forthcoming debut album could well be worth a listen.
- Listen to a private conversation, especially secretly: Seth listened in as his father chatted philosophy with friendsMore example sentences
- At this point, I decided to stop listening in on their private conversation.
- Others noted that he listened in on private City Hall conversations thanks to microphones hidden in the ceiling.
- Tim would probably enter my room any second now to scold me for listening in to his private calls.
- Use a radio receiving set to listen to a broadcast or conversation: anyone with the right radio receiver can listen in on callsMore example sentences
- Previously, they were only permitted to listen in on satellite and radio relay links.
- Villages and settlements, especially in urban areas, take sides, and gather around community television sets, or listen in on radio.
Old English hlysnan 'pay attention to', of Germanic origin.