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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. Informal.to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound: The new recording doesn't listen as well as the old one.

v.t.
1. Archaic.to give ear to; hear.
2. listen in,
a. to listen to a radio or television broadcast: Listen in tomorrow for the names of the lottery winners.
b. 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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