Listen Lis"ten (l[i^]s"'n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Listened} (l[i^]s"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Listening}.] [OE. listnen, listen, lustnen, lusten, AS. hlystan; akin to hlyst hearing, OS. hlust, Icel. hlusta to listen, hlust ear, AS. hlosnian to wait in suspense, OHG. hlos[=e]n to listen, Gr. kly`ein, and E. loud. [root]41. See {Loud}, and cf. {List} to listen.] 1. To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend. [1913 Webster]

When we have occasion to listen, and give a more particular attention to some sound, the tympanum is drawn to a more than ordinary tension. --Holder. [1913 Webster]

2. To give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey. [1913 Webster]

Listen to me, and by me be ruled. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{To listen after}, to take an interest in. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Soldiers note forts, armories, and magazines; scholars listen after libraries, disputations, and professors. --Fuller.

Syn: To attend; hearken. See {Attend}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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