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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 for "listen":

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

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How to use listen in a sentence?

  1. Kim Bursak:

    She started looking at her employees as true friends that were not only going to help her with her business, but were going to listen and help her as she was struggling, physically and mentally.

  2. Emma Watson:

    I think I'm being given this award because of who Belle is and what she represents. The villagers in our fairytale wanted to make Belle believe the world was smaller than the way that she saw it, with fewer opportunities for her. I love playing someone who didn't listen to any of that.

  3. Jacob Frey:

    Our policy should be clear, cops shouldn’t direct medical professionals on health-related issues, and medical professionals shouldn’t listen to them.

  4. Richard Bach:

    Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.

  5. Marc Broude:

    Do dead people like music? I hope they listen to mine if they do, in their coffins, in the cold underworld, between the mind and the body in an insomniac wall of sleep.

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