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verb [intransitive] listen pronunciation in British English /ˈlɪs(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theylisten
he/she/itlistens
present participlelistening
past tenselistened
past participlelistened
  1. 1
    to pay attention to a sound, or to try to hear a sound

    When he speaks, everybody listens.

    listen to:

    Do you like listening to music?

    listen for:

    She was listening for the sound of his key in the lock.

    listen carefully:

    Listen carefully to the instructions.

    See also hear
  2. 2
    to pay attention to what someone tells you and do what they suggest

    I’ve tried to give Jerry advice, but he just won’t listen.

    listen to:

    Don’t listen to him – he doesn’t know anything about it.

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