If you really listen late at night after everyone's asleep, you'll hear the noises your house makes the creaking of walls and floors, the hum of the refrigerator, the banging of the radiators.


To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.

hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"

listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"

pay close attention to; give heed to; "Heed the advice of the old men"

v. i.
To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.

v. i.
To give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey.

v. t.
To attend to.


Lis"ten , v. i. [imp. & p. p. Listened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Listening.] [OE. listnen, listen, lustnen, lusten, AS. hlystan; akin to hlyst hearing, OS. hlust, Icel. hlusta to listen, hlust ear, AS. hlosnian to wait in suspense, OHG. hlos'c7n to listen, Gr. , and E. loud. &root;41. See Loud, and cf. List to listen.] 1. To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.
When we have occasion to listen, and give a more particular attention to same sound, the tympanum is drawn to a more than ordinary tension.
2. To give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey.
Listen to me, and by me be ruled.
To listen after, to take an interest in. [Obs.]
Soldiers note forts, armories, and magazines; scholars listen after libraries, disputations, and professors.
Syn. -- To attend; hearken. See Attend.


Lis"ten, v. t. To attend to. [Obs.] Shak.

To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.

To attend to.


Usage Examples

A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn't always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I'm interested in now, particularly at my age.

Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It's very special to me.

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.

And it is easy to believe you are not good enough if you listen to everybody else.

A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.

As a woman, my style defines my leadership. It's a gentler, more compassionate approach. I consult, I listen and I compromise where it's in the best interest of the citizens.

Avant-garde music is sort of research music. You're glad someone's done it but you don't necessarily want to listen to it.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

A lot of the music that you listen to now is because of the things that the Meters did, the Neville Brothers did, and they're there, the guys who invented those beats that the guys sample today. Such an enormous opportunity.

Also, because people like to multitask, in a way if you've got a bit of music on in the background and the lyrical content is making you want to listen to it, then that would probably put you off the texting you wanted to do. I think people like things that just make that right kind of noise, but leave your brain free to do something else.

And I strongly believe people should rescue dogs, or, at the very least, listen to Bob Barker and have your pet spayed or neutered.

And for some reason, when I'm sad, I do listen to Leonard Cohen, I do listen to Joni Mitchell. I do find myself going to the music that's actually reflecting my mood, as opposed to sticking on Motown, which might actually bring my mood up.

Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.

All I can hope to do is instill great morality in my son and trust him along the way. The music he listens to or how he chooses to wear his hair doesn't define his moral compass, and if he wants to listen to country music and wear a cowboy hat too, that's fine.

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.

A friend gave me a CD of the 'Pathetique' Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started 'ta ta ta taaa.' It was too long for me. I didn't understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love.


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