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lis·ten

(lĭs′ən)
intr.v. lis·tened, lis·ten·ing, lis·tens
1. To make an effort to hear something: listen to the radio; listen for the bell that ends class.
2. To pay attention; heed: "She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit" (Maya Angelou).
n.
An act of listening: Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it?
Phrasal Verb:
listen in
1. To listen to a conversation between others; eavesdrop.
2. To tune in and listen to a broadcast.
Idiom:
listen up
Used as command to get a group or individual to pay attention: Listen up, everyone—we have to evacuate!

[Middle English listenen, alteration (influenced by listen, to list, listen; see list4) of Old English hlysnan; see kleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

lis′ten·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.listener - someone who listens attentivelylistener - someone who listens attentively  
audience - a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance; "the audience applauded"; "someone in the audience began to cough"
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
eavesdropper - a secret listener to private conversations
Translations
posluchač
lytter
kuuntelija
slušatelj
聞き手
듣는 사람
poslušalec
lyssnare
ผู้ฟัง
người nghe

listener

[ˈlɪsnəʳ] N (gen) → oyente mf (Rad) → radioyente mf
to be a good listenersaber escuchar
dear listeners! (Rad) → ¡queridos radioyentes or oyentes!

listener

[ˈlɪsər] n
(to radio)auditeur/trice m/f
I'm a regular listener to her show → Je suis un auditeur régulier de son émission.
(= person who listens sympathetically) to be a good listener → savoir écouter

listener

nZuhörer(in) m(f); (Rad) → Hörer(in) m(f); to be a good listenergut zuhören können

listener

[ˈlɪsnəʳ] n (to speaker) → ascoltatore/trice; (to radio) → radioascoltatore/trice
to be a good listener → saper ascoltare

listener

مُسْتَمِعٌ posluchač lytter Zuhörer ακροατής oyente kuuntelija auditeur slušatelj ascoltatore 聞き手 듣는 사람 luisteraar lytter słuchacz ouvinte слушатель lyssnare ผู้ฟัง dinleyici người nghe 听众
References in classic literature ?
There was something so uncommon in her manner, that the flesh of the concealed listener crept as he heard the girl utter these words, and the blood chilled within him.
Both her hearers derived a horrible enjoyment from the deadly nature of her wrath--the listener could feel how white she was, without seeing her--and both highly commended it.
A prince, therefore, ought always to take counsel, but only when he wishes and not when others wish; he ought rather to discourage every one from offering advice unless he asks it; but, however, he ought to be a constant inquirer, and afterwards a patient listener concerning the things of which he inquired; also, on learning that nay one, on any consideration, has not told him the truth, he should let his anger be felt.
Strickland was not a conversationalist, and he had no gift for putting what he had to say in the striking phrase that the listener remembers.
Thereupon her whistling became so disjointed that the listener, if such there were, must have discovered her suspicion of his presence.
For years an inmate of the palace, and often a listener in the armory when the King played at sword with his friends and favorites, De Vac had heard much which passed between Henry III and his intimates that could well be turned to the King's harm by a shrewd and resourceful enemy.
In me he found an appreciative listener, who, by virtue of book-reading, knew much about the sea-life he had lived.
The old lady put out her hand, and drawing Polly to her knee, looked into her face with such kind eyes, that Polly forgot the impressive cap, and smiled at her confidingly; for she saw that her simple music had pleased her listener, and she felt glad to know it.
After they had retired for the night it was customary for the adults to carry on a desultory conversation for a short time before lapsing into sleep, and now that I could understand their language I was always a keen listener, although I never proffered any remarks myself.
His most usual and natural listener was his brother.
He selected from the vast mass of detail with an artist's touch, drawing pictures of life that glowed and burned with light and color, injecting movement so that his listeners surged along with him on the flood of rough eloquence, enthusiasm, and power.
And you needn't stop to discourse with sympathetic listeners on your way, either.