To give close attention with the purpose of hearing; to give ear; to hearken; to attend.
- To make an effort to hear something: listen to the radio; listening for the bell.
- To pay attention; heed: "She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit” ( Maya Angelou).
- An act of listening: Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it?
- listen in To listen to a conversation between others; eavesdrop.
- listen in To tune in and listen to a broadcast.