1 attend, be all ears, be attentive, give ear, hang on (someone's) words, hark, hear, hearken (archaic) keep one's ears open, lend an ear, pin back one's ears (informal) prick up one's ears
2 concentrate, do as one is told, give heed to, heed, mind, obey, observe, pay attention, take notice
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
listen ( listens 3rd person present) ( listening present participle) ( listened past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you listento someone who is talking or to a sound, you give your attention to them or it.
He spent his time listening to the radio... V to n
Sonia was not listening. V
listener ( listeners plural) n-count
One or two listeners had fallen asleep while the President was speaking.
2 verb If you listenfor a sound, you keep alert and are ready to hear it if it occurs.
We listen for footsteps approaching... V for n
They're both asleep upstairs, but you don't mind listening just in case of trouble, do you? V
Listen out means the same as listen. (BRIT) phrasal verb
I didn't really listen out for the lyrics. V P for n, Also V P
3 verb If you listento someone, you do what they advise you to do, or you believe them.
Anne, you need to listen to me this time... V to n
When I asked him to stop, he would not listen. V
4 convention You say listen when you want someone to pay attention to you because you are going to say something important.
Listen, I finish at one. listen in phrasal verb If you listen in to a private conversation, you secretly listen to it.
He assigned federal agents to listen in on Martin Luther King's phone calls. V P to/on n, Also V P
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
listen before you speak, chew before swallowing
écoute avant de parler, mâche avant d'avaler
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