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Definition of listen verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    listen

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪsn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪsn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they listen
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪsn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪsn//
     
    he / she / it listens
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪsnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪsnz//
     
    past simple listened
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪsnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪsnd//
     
    past participle listened
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪsnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪsnd//
     
    -ing form listening
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪsnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪsnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to pay attention to somebody/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 somebody 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 somebody to take notice of what you are going to say Listen, there's something I have to tell you. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word Origin Old English hlysnan ‘pay attention to’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples He listened idly to the radio chatter. He refused to listen to her explanation. He was hardly listening, for he had too much on his mind. I didn’t even bother to listen to his reply. I listened with half an ear to the conversation at the next table. I tried to warn her, but she wouldn’t listen. I was listening to the radio. Lucy was only half listening to their conversation. Nobody will listen to me! Now, listen very carefully to what she says. Pym listened impassively until the woman had finished. The guests were listening with great interest. The others listened respectfully to her words. They listened to the announcement in silence. We listened anxiously for the sound of footsteps. We listened politely to his stories. You need to listen to me! ‘What were you doing?’ ‘Just listening to the radio.’ Don’t decide until you’ve heard/​listened to both sides of the argument. He plays golf and enjoys listening to music. I’m fond of listening to classical music. Listen! What’s that noise? Listen, there’s something I have to tell you. None of this would have happened if you’d listened to me. OK everyone, listen up! Sorry, I wasn’t really listening. Why won’t you listen to reason? You haven’t been listening to a word I’ve said! Phrasal Verbslisten for somethinglisten inlisten up