listen

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listen is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
listen

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
listen

Third-person singular
listens

Past tense
listened

Past participle
listened

Present participle
listening

a man listening to something
  1. (intransitive) If you listen to something, you try to hear and understand it.
    Shhh! Listen! Did you hear that?
    She listened carefully to what he said, but it was hard to understand.
    OK, listen up. Here's what we'll do...
  2. (intransitive) If you listen to someone, you agree with them, believe them, or do what they tell you.
    Don't listen to him. He doesn't know what he's talking about.
    If you listen to your mother, you won't go wrong.

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Noun[change]

Singular
listen

Plural
listens

  1. (countable) If you give something a listen, you try to hear and understand it.
    Do you want to have a listen to this new band?