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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. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    Listen, we don’t have two parties in Washington. We have one corrupt bipartisan mess in Washington.

  2. Claudia Gold:

    While a wish to reassure might be our first instinct, what is needed is primarily to listen, more than finding the' right' thing to say is to use our own comforting presence.

  3. Swingers:

    Trent Let me tell you something Mike your money, and you know what else, your a big winner. I'm gonna ask you a simple question and I want you to listen to me who's the big winner here tonight at the casino Huh Mikey, that's who. Mikey's the big winner. Mikey wins.

  4. Chuck Grassley:

    Unless and until the United States can figure out a foolproof screening process to prevent terrorists from masquerading as refugees to infiltrate our neighborhoods and communities, President Obama needs to listen to the concerns voiced by more than half the nation's governors, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on both sides of Capitol Hill, and the American people from across the entire country.

  5. Lindsay Graham:

    If there's a case before him that challenges Roe v. Wade, that he would listen to both sides of the story, apply a test to overturn precedent.

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