listen to


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listen to

If you listen to a sound or listen to a person who is talking, you pay attention to the sound or to what the person is saying.

I do my ironing while listening to the radio.
Listen carefully to what he says.
They wouldn't listen to me.

Be Careful!
Listen is not a transitive verb. Don't say that someone 'listens a sound' or 'listens a person'.

If you have been to a musical performance, you don't usually say that you 'listened to' the music or 'listened to' the performer. You say that you heard them.

That was the first time I ever heard Jimi Hendrix.
See hear

Be Careful!
Don't confuse listen to and hear. If you hear something, you become aware of it without trying. If you listen to something, you deliberately pay attention to it. For example, you would say 'Suddenly I heard a noise', not 'Suddenly I listened to a noise'.

Translations
References in classic literature ?
But as she was listening to the wind she began to listen to something else.
It was evident that he not only knew everyone in the drawing room, but had found them to be so tiresome that it wearied him to look at or listen to them.
This must not be," I thought I heard him say: "either he must listen to reason, or I must have recourse to the last resource of civilization.
It was plain that she did not dislike me, and equally plain that there was some obstacle connected with her father, which forbade her to listen to my offer of marriage.
His deference to this particular branch of science had induced him to listen to the application of a medical man, whose thirst for natural history had led him to the desire of profiting by the migratory propensities of the squatter.
Listen to my tale; when you have heard that, abandon or commiserate me, as you shall judge that I deserve.
Their amazing vanity makes them swallow flattery so gross that it is an insult, and men will always be ready to tell the precise number of lies that a woman is ready to listen to.
But when an unkind word is on your lips, when a selfish, angry feeling rises in your heart, or an unkind, cruel deed is to be done, then will you hear the soft, low chime of the flower-bell; listen to its warning, let the word remain unspoken, the deed undone, and in the quiet joy of your own heart, and the magic perfume of your bosom flower, you will find a sweet reward.
It was to listen to the flute of George Morton, then, that the drawing-room of Mrs.
When the Greek king," said the fisherman to the genius, "had finished the story of the parrot, he added to the vizir, "And so, vizir, I shall not listen to you, and I shall take care of the physician, in case I repent as the husband did when he had killed the parrot.
But can you persuade us, if we refuse to listen to you?
He was obliged to listen to a Latin verse, which the poet had composed upon Vatel.