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Definition of listen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they listen
    he / she / it listens
    past simple listened
    -ing form listening
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  1. 1[intransitive] to pay attention to someone or something that you can hear Listen! What's that noise? Can you hear it? Sorry, I wasn't really listening. He had been listening at the door. listen to somebody/something to listen to music I listened carefully to her story. You haven't been listening to a word I've said! You cannot “listen something” (without “to”):I'm fond of listening to classical music.I'm fond of listening classical music.
  2. 2[intransitive] listen (to somebody/something) to take notice of what someone says to you so that you follow their advice or believe them None of this would have happened if you'd listened to me. Why won't you listen to reason?
  3. 3[intransitive] (informal) used to tell someone to take notice of what you are going to say Listen, there's something I have to tell you.
  4. Phrasal Verbslisten for somethinglisten in (on/to something)listen up