Lis·ten v. i. [imp. & p. p. Listened p. pr. & vb. n. Listening.]
1. To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.
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.
2. To give heed; to yield to advice; to follow admonition; to obey.
Listen to me, and by me be ruled. --Tennyson.
To listen after, to take an interest in. [Obs.]
Soldiers note forts, armories, and magazines; scholars listen after libraries, disputations, and professors. --Fuller.
Syn: -- To attend; hearken. See Attend.
Lis·ten, v. t. To attend to. [Obs.]
v 1: hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
2: listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must
hear the expert before we make a decision" [syn: hear, take
3: pay close attention to; give heed to; "Heed the advice of
the old men" [syn: heed, mind]