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Synonyms for listen
ˈlɪs ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. listen(verb)

    hear with intention

    "Listen to the sound of this cello"

    heed, take heed, mind, hear

  2. listen, hear, take heed(verb)

    listen and pay attention

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

    see, get word, get wind, take heed, get a line, try, find out, discover, hear, pick up, learn, mind, heed

  3. heed, mind, listen(verb)

    pay close attention to; give heed to

    "Heed the advice of the old men"

    take heed, take care, hear, beware, bear in mind, mind, heed


  1. listen(verb)

    To pay attention to a sound, to note.

    give ear, mind, heed, wait for, pay attention, obey, note, expect, await, anticipate, list, hear, hark, attend


  2. listen(verb)

    To wait for a sound, such as a signal.

    You should listen for the starting gun.

    expect, wait for, hark, obey, await, note, heed, list, give ear, anticipate, attend, hear, pay attention, mind

  3. listen(verb)

    To accept or obey oral instruction.

    Good children listen to their parents.

    mind, pay attention, attend, await, hear, expect, give ear, wait for, list, note, obey, heed, anticipate, hark

    disregard, disobey

  4. listen(verb)

    To hear (something or someone), to pay attention to.

    await, heed, expect, mind, hear, attend, wait for, anticipate, obey, hark, list, note, give ear, pay attention

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. listen

    Between listen and hear is a difference like that between the words look and see. (Compare synonyms for LOOK.) To hear is simply to become conscious of sound, to listen is to make a conscious effort or endeavor to hear. We may hear without listening, as words suddenly uttered in an adjoining room; or we may listen without hearing, as to a distant speaker. In listening the ear is intent upon the sound; in attending the mind is intent upon the thought, tho listening implies some attention to the meaning or import of the sound. To heed is not only to attend, but to remember and observe. Harken is nearly obsolete.

    attend, hark, harken, hear, heed, list

    be deaf to, ignore, neglect, scorn, slight

    We listen for what we expect or desire to hear; we listen to what we actually do hear; listen for a step, a signal, a train; listen to the debate.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. listen

    hear, attend, hearken, incline, give ear, heed

    disregard, ignore, refuse, repudiate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. listen(v. n.)

    hearken, hark, hear, give ear, lend an ear, incline an ear, prick up the ears, be all ear

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. listen(v)

    hearken, eavesdrop, auscultate

    disregard, ignore, scorn

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    look, hear, listening, listens, iisten, heed, -listen

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How to use listen in a sentence?

  1. Carl Hermann Voss:

    Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

  2. Jen Principe and Toni Musso:

    He said he had nothing to live for, and he had no reason to be here on earth anymore, i kind of locked eyes with him and just said,' I'm here for you, I've been sent as your guardian. I need you to listen to me. Just look at me and listen to my words.'.

  3. Gabriel Salvador:

    I said, 'Listen, I can help you make this fight happen,'.

  4. Patricia Ruppert .:

    When I have been on the call just to listen, I have heard those who have spoken with scientific information and the importance of vaccination and they have been dismissed very quickly from the call many times.

  5. Jason Herbison:

    This is an unprecedented situation, there is no rulebook for it, so what we really had to do was just stop, listen to the government advice and look at the way we film the show. And in consultation with our cast and crew, really formulate a plan where we felt we could all return to work safely.

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