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Synonyms for listen
ˈlɪs ənlis·ten

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  1. listenverb

    To pay attention to a sound, to note.

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


  2. listenverb

    To wait for a sound, such as a signal.

    You should listen for the starting gun.

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

  3. listenverb

    To accept or obey oral instruction.

    Good children listen to their parents.

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

    disregard, disobey

  4. listenverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. listenverb

    hear with intention

    "Listen to the sound of this cello"

    heed, take heed, mind, hear

  2. listen, hear, take heedverb

    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, listenverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. listenverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. listenverb

    hearken, eavesdrop, auscultate

    disregard, ignore, scorn

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "listen":

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

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How to use listen in a sentence?

  1. Markel Hutchins:

    Alexis' mother was literally unable to speak. All that she could do was listen as I tried to console and comfort her, alexis' father said,' If Atlanta Police wanted to take somebody's life Atlanta Police could have taken mine. Atlanta Police didn't have to kill my baby, Atlanta Police didn't have to kill her.'.

  2. Coverage Ms. Honkala:

    It’s really a shame – this whole thing does stink, democrats and Republicans are like Pepsi and Coke. They listen to corporations and they don’t listen to anti-poverty activists.

  3. Travis Robertson:

    At first, I didn't want to listen to her because I have had bad experiences with police..., but as we talked, I could see that she was one of the good ones. There are definitely bad officers out there, but there are good ones too.

  4. Mary Travis:

    Music is his soul, it was really hard for him soon after the stroke to listen to his music. I remembered when I first put his music on, he cried and I thought, ok, we're not ready for that.

  5. Francis Collins:

    I hope people will hear this, right now listening to this : If you are on the fence bout whether vaccination is going to help you, listen to those numbers, why are we waiting folks ? Let's roll up our sleeves if we haven't already done so.

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