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English citations of listen

Verb (intrans.): to pay attention to[edit]

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Verb (intrans.): to expect or wait for a sound[edit]

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  • 1749Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, ch vi
    Like that little wretched animal, she pricks up her ears to listen after the voice of her pursuer; like her, flies away trembling when she hears it.
  • 1841Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, ch 55
    Some scraps of bread and meat were scattered about, and on these he fell next; eating them with voracity, and pausing every now and then to listen for some fancied noise outside.
  • 1885Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch XL
    "Here, I'll lock some of you into the cabin, and you lay for 'em in the dark and kill 'em when they come; and the rest scatter around a piece, and listen if you can hear 'em coming."
  • 1899, Knut Hamsun, Hunger, translated by George Egerton, Part III, page 167
    I [] leant my head carefully against the door for a while, tapped with my forefinger on the floor, and then listened attentively, all without any object, but quietly and pensively as if it were some matter of importance in which I was engaged; []
  • 1912, Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage, Chapter 4
    He reined Wrangle to a walk, halted now and then to listen, and then proceeded cautiously with shifting and alert gaze.
  • 1932H. P. Lovecraft, Dreams in the Witch-House
    His pathologically sensitive ears began to listen for faint footfalls in the immemorially sealed loft overhead, and sometimes the illusion of such things was agonizingly realistic.
  • 1936Robert E. Howard, Red Nails
    He kept twisting his head on his shoulder to listen for sounds of pursuit, and stared with burning intensity into every doorway they passed.
  • 1954C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, chapter 1
    The cottage, as he approached it, showed no light. When he listened at the front there was no noise.
  • 1969Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah, page 319
    Paul bent his head, listening. He no longer could hear the mourners.
  • 2011Dan Abnett, The Silent Stars Go By, chapter 5, page 68
    Hiding behind the tree, the only way he could tell how close the green thing was, was to listen, but he couldn't hear anything over his own panting. He held his breath. [] He held on, and listened. It felt like his eardrums were going to burst.

Verb (intrans.): to accept advice or obey instruction[edit]

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  • 1596William Shakespeare, King John iii 1 (First Folio)
    King Philip, listen to the Cardinall.
  • 1873 — William Lucas Collins, Plautus and Terence, chapter 4, page 93
    In vain has her father urged upon her and his other daughter, in accordance, no doubt, with the feeling of society on such points, the propriety of unprotected young women in their circumstances marrying again. Their husbands have now been absent, ostensibly on a trading voyage, for above three years, and have sent no word home. But Pamphila will listen to no such suggestion, and encourages her sister in steady resistance to all temptations to such breach of their first vows.
  • 1918L. Frank Baum, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, chapter 8
    "But it's good advice for the foolish," said the donkey, admiringly. "Listen to my partner, and you can't go wrong."
  • Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies.
  • 1954C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, chapter 10
    If you are really so humbled as you sounded a minute ago, you must learn to listen to sense.
  • 1999 — Steve Lyons, The Final Sanction, chapter 11, page 93
    'Listen, you can't afford to think like that. You have to forget about it and move on.'
  • 2001 — Nick Walters, Superior Beings, chapter 22, page 234
    Kikker slammed his hands together. 'You spoke of her heresy — I should have listened.'

Verb (trans.): to hear (something)[edit]

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