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.
adj : attending to or alert for sound; "be wary of listening
ears"; "government-maintained listening posts"
n : the act of hearing attentively; "you can learn a lot by just
listening"; "they make good music--you should give them a
hearing" [syn: hearing]