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Listen appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Nets I lost, so listen!
  • Sue, robot nets I listen to bore us.
  • Nets I lose can nip a pinnace, so listen!
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The word listen is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb listen

What does listen mean as a doing word?

Listen is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: listened | listening | listens

  1. hear with intention
  2. listen and pay attention
  3. pay close attention to; give heed to
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over / through / into [Location]He pawed over the documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]He rummaged through the door for the ball

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): bore, burrow, delve, forage, fumble, grope, leaf, look, page, paw, poke, rifle, root, rummage, scrabble, scratch, snoop, thumb, tunnel.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of listen: heed / mind
    • more generic word: obey = be obedient to

Alternative definition of the verb listen


  1. [intransitive] To pay attention to a sound, to note.
  2. [intransitive] To wait for a sound, such as a signal.
  3. [intransitive] To accept or obey oral instruction.
  4. [transitive, archaic] To hear (something or someone), to pay attention to.


  1. Listen is a musical group.
  2. Listen is a contemporary jazz trio from Norway.

There are other groups with in their name, like listen!!!, listen..., Listen Lisse, Indigo Listen, Listen 2 Three, Raymond Listen and Cassettes Won't Listen.


  1. "Listen" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé Knowles. The song was written by Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Knowles, and produced by The Underdogs Matt Sullivan and Randy Spendlove for the soundtrack album Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture to the 2006 musical film Dreamgirls, in which Knowles' character Deena Jones sings the song to assert independence over her controlling husband. Columbia Records released "Listen" as the lead single from soundtrack album on December 5, 2006. It additionally appeared as a hidden track on international editions, and on the deluxe edition of Knowles' second solo studio album, B'Day. The Spanish version of the song, "Oye", was released on the EP, Irreemplazable, and the Spanish deluxe edition of B'Day.
  2. "Listen" is the sixth studio album by French DJ and producer David Guetta, released on 21 November 2014. It features collaborations with artists from the R&B, hip hop, alternative rock and pop worlds such as Sam Martin, Emeli Sandé, The Script, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder, Sia, Magic!, Bebe Rexha, South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ms. Dynamite, Elliphant, Birdy, Jaymes Young, Sonny Wilson, Vassy, and Skylar Grey. It also features additional production from Guetta's frequent collaborator Giorgio Tuinfort, Avicii, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Showtek, and Stadiumx among others, with additional writing credits from Jason Evigan, and The-Dream among others. The record garnered mixed to negative reviews upon release.
  3. "Listen" is the fourth studio album by British rock band The Kooks. It was released on 8 September 2014 through Virgin EMI Records. It is the band's first album to feature new drummer Alexis Nunez who joined in 2012, replacing Paul Garred. The album was preceded by singles "Down", "Around Town", "Bad Habit" and "Forgive & Forget".
  4. "Listen" was the second album release by the UK new wave band A Flock of Seagulls, released in 1983. It teamed the musical group with record producer Mike Howlett again, except on the single release " Talking" which was produced by Bill Nelson. The record included the UK Top 10 hit "Wishing". The person's face on its sleeve cover is that of the band's drummer, Ali Score.
  5. "Listen" is an album recorded and released by Jordan Rudess in 1993.
  6. "Listen" is an album by Irish folk singer Christy Moore, released in Ireland on 17 April 2009 by Columbia Records. Recorded with long-time accompanist Declan Sinnott, it is his first studio album since 2005's Burning Times. The album debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart.
  7. "Listen" a.k.a. "Listen!!" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Listen" is a musical album of The Alan Bown Set.
    • released in (45 years ago)
  9. "Listen" is a composition.
    • also known as Listen (Redtop's Drum-A-long dub), Listen (radio edit)
    • music by DJ Blakk & Redtop
  10. "Listen" is a musical album of Anthony Lun.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  11. "Listen" is a song by the American post-grunge band Collective Soul. It is the second single from their third studio album, Disciplined Breakdown.
  12. "Listen" is the second and final album from the Danish boy band C21, released on May 24, 2004.
    • genre: Pop music
    • released on (10 years ago)
  13. "Listen" is the third album by R&B singer TQ. It was released on August 31, 2004 in the United States and October 17, 2005 in the United Kingdom.
  14. "Listen" is a musical album of Emanuel and The Fear.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  15. "Listen" is the fourth album from Contemporary Christian music singer Cindy Morgan. It was released in 1996 by Word Records. It moved further from dance-pop into a singer-songwriterly vein.
  16. "Listen" is a musical album of DJ Ike.
    • released on
  17. "Listen" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  18. "Listen" is the first EP by the Pinoy rock band Stonefree, released under Warner Music Philippines in 2004.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  19. "Listen" is a musical single of Urban Species & MC Solaar.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  20. "Listen" is a musical single of DJ Blakk & Moonbootica.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  21. "Listen" is the 2007 single album by Beyoncé.
  22. "Listen" is a musical album of Moodorama.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  23. "Listen" is a composition.
  24. "Listen" is a musical single of Lady Waks & Hardy Hands & Hardy Hard.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  25. "Listen" a.k.a. "Inertia" is a musical album of Courageous.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  26. "Listen" is the debut album by Michelle Tumes released in 1998 (see 1998 in music).


"Listen" is a book by Gary Tomlinson & Joseph Kerman.


  1. "Listen" is a short film, directed by Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni.
    • countries: Denmark, Finland
    • languages: Arabic Language, Danish Language, English Language
    • released in
  2. "Listen" is a film, directed by Miroslav Sebestik.
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • genres: World cinema, Documentary film
    • released in (23 years ago)
  3. "Listen" is a 2011 short film directed by Jeremy Liesen.
  4. "Listen" is a film.

Phrases with Listen

  1. listen in
  2. Listen Up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Listen

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Google previewThe African Christian and Islam (2013)

by John Azumah, Lamin Sanneh

To listen is a difficult task. We know so much about Islam that most of the time we think that we have nothing to learn...

Google previewSharing a Thought with Lagniappe (2011)

by Rose C. Miller

Stop, look, listen is an easy rule to teach and remind someone about danger. These same rules can apply to dangers in our spiritual living. Another rule that was taught at home and school for years is “Do unto others as you would have them ...

Google previewIntuition On Tap Workbook (2013)

Mastering Your Inner Wisdom to Transform Your Life by Heidi Jane

Listening Being able to listen is a gif t that cannot. 345 IntuItIon on tap Workbook.

Google previewThe Phrenological Journal and Miscellany (1826)

and Secretiveness, with the least possible portion of Causality ; and the figure of Listen is an admirable caricature of the natural expression produced by the first two faculties, while it has no relation whatever to the last. On the whole, we are ...

Google previewSecrets Of The People Whisperer (2008)

Using the art of communication to enhance your own life, and the lives of others by Perry Wood

TRULY LISTENING Listening is one of the foundation stones for effective communication, and to truly listen means to absorb what that person is saying with the whole self — body, mind and soul. Spoken words that enter through our ears are ...

Google previewPersonal Development for Life and Work (2010)

by Ann Masters, Harold R. Wallace

Hold the Listener's Interest The ability to listen is an important conversational skill. Others will be more willing ...

Google previewThe Student's Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (1897)

by Henry Sweet

hlysnan listen. hnot bald-headed ; close-cut, pollard hlyst от/ sense of ...

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Usage statistics about listen

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb listen:

spoken English65.38%written English34.62% conversational speech60.71%task-oriented speech39.29% imaginative writing82.08%informational writing17.92%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb listen:


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Quotes about Listen

Listen to Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be. (Sheldon Allan Silverstein)
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Scrabble value of L1I1S1T1E1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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