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 listener
Social media twists everything, but on radio, it is my voice directly to the listener.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.|David Masciotra|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The emotional capacity is very small, for the listener as well.
The reaction of The Archers Twitter-faithful was summed up by one listener: “Oooohhhhhhhh.”America, Presenting Your New Addiction: ‘The Archers’|Tim Teeman|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The playlist becomes more refined as the listener interacts with the system by approving or disapproving of songs.Why Apple’s iTunes Radio Isn’t a Threat to Pandora or Spotify…Yet|Lauren DeLisa Coleman|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A listener from Thousand Oaks put me in touch with the Dachshund rescue center where I adopted Lisa-Marie.Here's How Kevin James Would Make Los Angeles Better for Animals|Justin Green|February 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By exception, one listener sat it out with unwearied attention.
Miss Elsham was just inside the door, where she had posted herself as a spectator and listener.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
The listener at the key-hole barely escaped behind the cabinet—no more.The Unseen Bridgegroom|May Agnes Fleming
But a listener has sneaked in—Fieramosca, the Pope's sculptor, and no less Cellini's rival in love than in art.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
Now the listener was full of intense curiosity, and longing to learn everything.The Honorable Miss|L. T. Meade
Word Origin for listen
1610s, "one who listens;" agent noun from listen. Meaning "one who hears a radio broadcast" is from 1912; hence listenership (1938).
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").