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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Listen  \Lis"ten\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Listened};  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  ?,  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. 
 
  When  we  have  occasion  to  listen,  and  give  a  more 
  particular  attention  to  same  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  listening 
  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}] 




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