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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.
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listening

(ˈlɪsnɪŋ)
n
the act of concentrating on hearing something(as modifier)the act of paying attention
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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
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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

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listening post
n (Mil, fig) → Horchposten m
listening service
n (Mil) → Abhördienst m
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References in classic literature ?
Later on he woke with a start and sat up in bed, listening intently, listening for he knew not what.
Princess Myakaya, sitting in the middle between the two groups, and listening to both, took part in the conversation first of one and then of the other.
"Here is a listening post," he said; "they have a machine gun in it.
She rather suspected it to be so, on the very first evening of their being together, from his listening so attentively while she sang to them; and when the visit was returned by the Middletons' dining at the cottage, the fact was ascertained by his listening to her again.
Prince Andrew stood leaning on the railing of the raft listening to Pierre, and he gazed with his eyes fixed on the red reflection of the sun gleaming on the blue waters.
I returned to my chair to think, and at last he fell asleep with his face to the wall, but even then I stood many times at the door, listening.
In fact, in the king's and queen's grand assemblies, while their majesties were speaking, and while every one present seemed to be listening in the midst of the most profound silence, some of these noiseless conversations took place, in which adulation was not the prevailing feature.
He was evidently listening, Betteredge, when I was speaking to you last night."