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verb [intransitive] listen pronunciation in American 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.
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    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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