listen Definition

  • 1to give attention to someone or something in order to hear them
  • 2to make an effort to hear something

Using listen: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "listen" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She listened carefully to what he was saying.

  • Example

    I could hear the sound of a car engine but I couldn't listen to what they were saying.

  • Example

    He listened to the radio all night long.

listen Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for listen

Antonyms for listen

Phrases with listen

  • listen up

    used to tell someone to listen carefully to what you are going to say


    Listen up, everyone! We have an important announcement to make.

  • to secretly listen to someone's conversation


    I couldn't help but listen in on their conversation.

  • to pay attention to a particular sound or noise in order to hear it


    I'm listening for the sound of the doorbell.


Summary: listen in Brief

The verb 'listen' [ˈlɪs.ən] means to pay attention to someone or something in order to hear them, or to make an effort to hear something. It is often used in phrases like 'listen up,' 'listen in,' and 'listen for.' Antonyms include 'ignore,' 'tune out,' and 'disregard.'

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