See also: Listen

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From Middle English listenen, listnen, alteration (due to Middle English listen (to listen, give heed to)) of Old English hlysnan (to listen), from Proto-Germanic *hlusnijaną, *hlusnōną (compare Middle High German lüsenen), from Proto-Germanic *hlusēną (compare Old High German hlosēn), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew- (to hear) (compare Ancient Greek κλαίω (klaíō, I make known, famous), Welsh clywed (to hear), Latin clueō (I am famous), Lithuanian klausýti, Old Church Slavonic слушати (slušati, to hear), Sanskrit श्रोषति (śróṣati). Related to loud and German lauschen.

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  • enPR: lĭs'ən, lĭs'n, IPA(key): /ˈlɪs.ən/, [ˈlɪs.n̩]
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  • Hyphenation: lis‧ten
  • Rhymes: -ɪsən

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listen (third-person singular simple present listens, present participle listening, simple past and past participle listened)

  1. To use one's sense of hearing in an intentional way; to make deliberate use of one's ears; to pay attention to or wait for a specific sound.
    Please listen carefully as I explain.
  2. (intransitive) To accept advice or obey instruction; to agree or assent.
    Listen, the only reason I yelled at you was because I was upset, OK?
    Good children listen to their parents.

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In English, listen and hear are two primary verbs relating to audial perception. To hear represents automatic, unconscious, or passive perception of sound, while listen generally represents intentional, conscious, or purposeful use of the sense of hearing. The difference is expressed in the following quotation:

As the silence took hold in the darkness, Sam realized that she had been hearing, though not listening to, various low-level sounds—the hum of air conditioning and life support, the pulse of some faraway oxygen pump, the faint buzz of the electrical and lighting systems. —Justin Richards (1999) Demontage, chapter 5, page 92.

A similar distinction exists between see and watch in English.

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listen (plural listens)

  1. An instance of listening.
    Synonym: (of recorded audio) play
    Give the motor a listen and tell me if it sounds off.
    • 2016 March 29, Victor Luckerson, “There's a New Way To Listen To All the Remixes You Want”, in Time[3]:
      The diss song, “Back to Back,” now has more than 124 million listens, a sign that the streaming can attract a sizable audience for a single track.
    • 2020, Emily Segal, Mercury Retrograde, New York: Deluge Books, →ISBN:
      I hadn't spoken to her in a year, but she could still see my listens on the music platform we both used.

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From list +‎ -en.

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listen m inan

  1. (botany) bract

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  • listen in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • listen in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • listen in Internetová jazyková příručka

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listen c

  1. definite singular of liste
  2. definite singular of list

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listen

  1. plural of list

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From Liste +‎ -en.

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listen (weak, third-person singular present listet, past tense listete, past participle gelistet, auxiliary haben)

  1. to list
    Synonym: auflisten

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listen m or f

  1. definite masculine singular of liste
  2. definite masculine singular of list

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listen

  1. inflection of listar:
    1. third-person plural present subjunctive
    2. third-person plural imperative

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listen

  1. definite singular of list

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