n) KEY intr.v. lis·tened
- To make an effort to hear something: listen to the radio; listening for the bell.
- To pay attention; heed: "She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit" (Maya Angelou).
PHRASAL VERB: listen in
- An act of listening: Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it?
- To listen to a conversation between others; eavesdrop.
- To tune in and listen to a broadcast.
Middle English listenen
, alteration (influenced by listen
, to list, listen
; see list4
), of Old English hlysnan
; see kleu-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:listen·er(Noun)