- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM listenlis·ten·er, nounre·lis·ten, verbun·lis·ten·ing, adjective
How to use listen in a sentence
You’re lucky I even stopped looping “Stay” to listen to the rest of this album.BTS’s new album is sublime comfort pop for the soul in lockdown|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
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In November, Miard and colleagues will play the ultrasound calls in the field and listen for colugo responses.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops|Yao-Hua Law|November 20, 2020|Science News
“I listened to an audio book, put on music, tweeted pictures of the line,” said Hass, who works part time at a restaurant.Long lines and delayed results again plague coronavirus tests as Thanksgiving approaches|William Wan|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
I listen attentively, nodding along, acknowledging their insights.Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.|Patrick Honner|November 18, 2020|Quanta Magazine
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.
She had listened—she had listened intently, looking straight out of the window and without moving.Confidence|Henry James
Felipe was so full of impatience to continue his search, that he hardly listened to the Father's words.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Louis listened with pleasure, and dwelt with delight on the interesting Princess and her son.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Major Abbott and his brother officers, trying to keep their men loyal, stood fast and listened to the distant turmoil in the city.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
While the refined exquisite was giving his order, a jolly western drover had listened with opened mouth and protruding eyes.