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British English: /ˈlɪs(ə)n/
American English: /ˈlɪs(ə)n/

Translation of listen in French:


  • to have a listen to something
    écouter quelque chose
    have a listen to this!
    écoute un peu ça!
    it's well worth a listen
    ça vaut la peine de l'écouter

intransitive verb

  • 1 (to words, music, sounds) to listen at the door to listen to somebody doing
    écouter quelqu'un faire
    I was listening to her singing/playing the piano
    je l'écoutais chanter/jouer du piano
    listen to this!
    écoute un peu ça!
    to listen to somebody/something
    écouter quelqu'un/quelque chose
    ‘you're listening to…’ (Radio)
    ‘vous écoutez…’, ‘vous êtes à l'écoute de …’
  • 3 (wait)to listen for
    guetter (voice, sound, signal)
    I listened for sounds of crying
    je guettais le moindre pleurnichement

Phrasal verbs

listen in

1.1 (eavesdrop) we don't want them listening in
nous ne voulons pas qu'ils écoutent aux portes
to listen in on ou to
écouter [quelque chose] indiscrètement (conversation, phone call, meeting)
1.2 (Radio)to listen in to
écouter (programme)

listen out

to listen out for
prêter une oreille attentive à (programme, ideas, information)

listen up

[informal] (American English)
hey, listen up a minute!
Definition of listen in:
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