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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.

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

lis′ten·er n.

listening

(ˈlɪsnɪŋ)
n
the act of concentrating on hearing something(as modifier)the act of paying attention
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.listening - the act of hearing attentivelylistening - the act of hearing attentively; "you can learn a lot by just listening"; "they make good music--you should give them a hearing"
auscultation - listening to sounds within the body (usually with a stethoscope)
sensing, perception - becoming aware of something via the senses
rehearing, relistening - the act of hearing again
Translations

listening

[ˈlɪsnɪŋ]
A. N good listening!¡que disfruten de la emisión!
we don't do much listening nowahora escuchamos muy poco la radio
B. CPD listening comprehension test Nejercicio m de comprensión oral
listening device Naparato m auditivo
listening post Npuesto m de escucha

listening

n he did all the talking, I did all the listeninger redete die ganze Zeit, und ich hörte die ganze Zeit zu; listening deviceAbhörgerät nt

listening

:
listening post
n (Mil, fig) → Horchposten m
listening service
n (Mil) → Abhördienst m
References in classic literature ?
At the back of his chair she stopped and stood listening, with her great eyes wide open and her cheeks red with excitement of this unusual performance.
For hours she sat in silence listening as he talked to her and then she began to be afraid of something.
But the young inventor was too busy listening to the unseen speaker to answer his chum, even if he heard what Ned remarked, which is doubtful.
She was a spare, tall woman, a little stooped, and she was apt to carry her head thrust forward in an attitude of attention, as if she were looking at something, or listening to something, far away.
He was the only being present who possessed sufficient candor to admit that he was not listening to these gracious performances for the first time that summer.
They stood in little groups, listening eagerly to a sharp-faced lawyer, or, in sullen despair, eying each other.
This same slighted, forgotten, uncomprehended, but still foolish and forgiving Nature seemed to be bending over her frightened and listening ear with vague but thrilling murmurings of freedom and independence.
But, as thoughts are frozen and utterance benumbed, unless the speaker stand in some true relation with his audience, it may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive, though not the closest friend, is listening to our talk; and then, a native reserve being thawed by this genial consciousness, we may prate of the circumstances that lie around us, and even of ourself, but still keep the inmost Me behind its veil.
They were all listening now, and of course there was somebody to be arch, or at any rate to draw the inference.
After sitting a long time listening to the long stories of some sailors who had just come from a plum-pudding voyage, as they called it (that is, a short whaling-voyage in a schooner or brig, confined to the north of the line, in the Atlantic Ocean only); after listening to these plum-puddingers till nearly eleven o'clock, I went up stairs to go to bed, feeling quite sure by this time Queequeg must certainly have brought his Ramadan to a termination.
now cried Ahab, who thus far had been impatiently listening to this bye-play between the two Englishmen.
It was like listening to the moan of a damned soul, and Jurgis could not stand it.