verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to listen to a radio or television broadcast: Listen in tomorrow for the names of the lottery winners.
- to overhear a conversation or communication, especially by telephone; eavesdrop: Someone was listening in to his private calls.
Origin of listen
Examples from the Web for listen
But if you listen to our leaders, they weren't the real targets here.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What an amazing thing to be able to listen to any music you want, a whole world of bands.
One of the rites of passage for every young political reporter is to listen to the elders tell stories about campaigns past.
But then I thought about the feedback I get from fans, yes we do listen to you, and thought why not?Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why would they listen to the radio when they can see the outside world?North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom|Lizzie Crocker|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A diligent immigration commission with an appropriation to spend has little time to listen to Joseph.They Who Knock at Our Gates|Mary Antin
They had to hear our addresses and prayers and hymns; they had to listen to the intimation of our future meetings.The Story of John G. Paton|James Paton
While there, her one delight was to see the King as often as possible, and to listen to praise of his many noble deeds.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete|Madame La Marquise De Montespan
I paused involuntarily, not from any idle curiosity, but because I could not listen to such a touching appeal unmoved.Pride|Eugne Sue
One of her dogs had strayed, and she was beating the town to find him; but she paused to listen to his tale.Grey Town|Gerald Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for listen
Word Origin for listen
Word Origin and History for listen
Old English hlysnan "to listen," from Proto-Germanic *khlusinon (cf. Dutch luisteren, Old High German hlosen "to listen," German lauschen "to listen"), from PIE root *kleu- "hearing, to hear" (cf. Sanskrit srnoti "hears," srosati "hears, obeys;" Avestan sraothra "ear;" Middle Persian srod "hearing, sound;" Lithuanian klausau "to hear," slove "splendor, honor;" Old Church Slavonic slusati "to hear," slava "fame, glory," slovo "word;" Greek klyo "hear, be called," kleos "report, rumor, fame glory," kleio "make famous;" Latin cluere "to hear oneself called, be spoken of;" Old Irish ro-clui-nethar "hears," clunim "I hear," clu "fame, glory," cluada "ears;" Welsh clywaf "I hear;" Old English hlud "loud," hleoðor "tone, tune;" Old High German hlut "sound;" Gothic hiluþ "listening, attention"). The -t- probably is by influence of Old English hlystan (see list (v.2)). For vowel evolution, see bury. As a noun from 1788 (on the listen "alert").