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Definition 1: hear with intention - [verb of perception]

Samples where listen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Listen to the sound of this cello

(listen is a kind of ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

(... is a kind of listen ) listen to every detail and give a full hearing to

(... is a kind of listen ) listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation

(... is a kind of listen ) give heed (to)

"The children in the audience attended the recital quietly" "She hung on his every word" "They attended to everything he said"

(... is a kind of listen ) listen; used mostly in the imperative

(... is a kind of listen ) listen without the speaker's knowledge

"the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"

(listen implies ...) perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

Definition 2: listen and pay attention - [verb of perception]

Samples where listen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Listen to your father
  • We must hear the expert before we make a decision

Synonyms for listen in the sense of this definition

(listen is a kind of ...) direct one's attention on something

"Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"

(... is a kind of listen ) bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well

"He inclined his ear to the wise old man"

Samples where listen or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Heed the advice of the old men

Synonyms for listen in the sense of this definition

(listen is a kind of ...) be obedient to

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