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[lis-uh n] /ˈlɪs ən/

verb (used without object)
1.
to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
2.
to pay attention; heed; obey (often followed by to):
Children don’t always listen to their parents.
3.
to wait attentively for a sound (usually followed by for):
to listen for sounds of their return.
4.
Informal. to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound:
The new recording doesn’t listen as well as the old one.
verb (used with object)
5.
Archaic. to give ear to; hear.
Verb phrases
6.
listen in,

/ˈlɪsən/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to concentrate on hearing something
2.
to take heed; pay attention: I told you many times but you wouldn’t listen
v.

Old English hlysnan “to listen,” from Proto-Germanic *khlusinon (cf. Dutch luisteren, Old High German hlosen “to listen,” German lauschen “to listen”), from PIE root *kleu- “hearing, to hear” (cf. Sanskrit srnoti “hears,” srosati “hears, obeys;” Avestan sraothra “ear;” Middle Persian srod “hearing, sound;” Lithuanian klausau “to hear,” slove “splendor, honor;” Old Church Slavonic slusati “to hear,” slava “fame, glory,” slovo “word;” Greek klyo “hear, be called,” kleos “report, rumor, fame glory,” kleio “make famous;” Latin cluere “to hear oneself called, be spoken of;” Old Irish ro-clui-nethar “hears,” clunim “I hear,” clu “fame, glory,” cluada “ears;” Welsh clywaf “I hear;” Old English hlud “loud,” hleoðor “tone, tune;” Old High German hlut “sound;” Gothic hiluþ “listening, attention”). The -t- probably is by influence of Old English hlystan (see list (v.2)). For vowel evolution, see bury. As a noun from 1788 (on the listen “alert”).

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