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.
- listed building,
- listed company,
- listed security,
- listen in,
- listen to reason,
Origin of listen
Examples from the Web for listened
Cairo should have listened to Amal Clooney last year when she recommended judicial reforms.
The police departments say procedures were followed, and grand juries have listened.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I think this all could've been prevented if they just listened to the 25,000 people who marched last week," Alvarez said.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I listened to more than 900 new releases during 2014—all styles, all genres.
I listened mostly to trumpeters and saxophonists more than pianists.
Treading water he listened intently for a few moments, and then made out the sound of retreating footsteps.The Boy Allies On the Firing Line|Clair W. Hayes
The Empress listened to my arguments, but said that we had gone too far now to draw back.With the Allies to Pekin|George Alfred Henty
I had observed that he listened very attentively to all that passed between Mr. Solomons and myself at the dinner table.Seek and Find|Oliver Optic
She had not listened to Abe's reading, but some words of it had caught her ear.The Path of the King|John Buchan
It would be hard to say how deeply this story moved me while I listened from my room above.The Woman Thou Gavest Me|Hall Caine
Word Origin 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").