Meaning of listen

lis•ten

Pronunciation: (lis'un), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
  2. to pay attention; heed; obey (often fol. by to): Children don't always listen to their parents.
  3. to wait attentively for a sound (usually fol. by for): to listen for sounds of their return.
  4. to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound: The new recording doesn't listen as well as the old one.
—v.t.
  1. to give ear to; hear.
  2. Listen in tomorrow for the names of the lottery winners.
    1. to listen to a radio or television broadcast:Listen in tomorrow for the names of the lottery winners.
    2. to overhear a conversation or communication, esp. by telephone; eavesdrop:Someone was listening in to his private calls.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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