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
Synonyms for listen
Examples from the Web for listener
Contemporary Examples of 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.
September 10, 2014
The emotional capacity is very small, for the listener as well.Can Linda Perry Save Music?
July 16, 2014
The reaction of The Archers Twitter-faithful was summed up by one listener: “Oooohhhhhhhh.”America, Presenting Your New Addiction: ‘The Archers’
April 25, 2014
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
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
February 11, 2013
Historical Examples of listener
Her voice was little more than a whisper, but it was loud in the listener's heart.
The sympathy of it stirred the listener to fearful memories.
The anguish of that question thrilled the heart of the listener.Night and Morning, Complete
Johnnie had the tongue of the improvisator, and he loved a listener.Tiverton Tales
It spoke only of the song, yet the listener thought of the singer.The Gentleman From Indiana
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").