[ verb ] hear with intention


"Listen to the sound of this cello"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Recently I was struck anew by the divergent approaches , when in the course of one afternoon and evening I listened to no fewer than ten different performances .

But Schnabel was a great teacher in_addition_to being a great performer , and the fact that four of the ten versions I listened to are by Schnabel pupils ( Clifford_Curzon , Frank_Glazer , Adrian_Aeschbacher , and Victor_Babin ) also sheds_light_on the master 's pedagogical skills .

The Command technique invites you to listen to the depth of the orchestration .

(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)

Lawrence listened with the practiced , deceptive calm of the lawyer , but his face was in the shadow .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

A knot of old worshippers , chiefly women , listened weekly to a sermon .

[ verb ] listen and pay attention


take_heed hear


"Listen to your father" "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"

Used in print

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Yet you feel the orchestra is near at_hand , and the individual instruments have the same firm presence associated with listening from a good seat in an acoustically perfect hall .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

If he were to go with White , he would be out there two days , not just listening in the dark at some point between here and Papa-san , but moving ever deeper into enemy land - behind Papa-san itself .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

He listened , waited , nothing happened .

`` You - Listen !

(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)

`` Do not listen to that Frenchman .

[ verb ] pay close attention to; give heed to


heed mind


"Heed the advice of the old men"

Used in print

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

Eileen had a wonderful way of not listening to things she did n't want_to hear .

(W. H. Gass, "The Pedersen Kid," in The...)

`` Listen to me , Jorge , I 've had enough to your sassing .

Related terms

obey listening