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Etymology[edit | edit source]

From Middle English listnen, from Old English hlysnan, from Proto-Germanic *khlusinon (cf. German lauschen), from Proto-Indo-European *kleu- (to hear). Akin to Template:Sga rochluiniur 'I hear', Latin clueō (I am famous), Ancient Greek κλαίω (klaiō), I make known, famous), κλέος (kleos), report, rumor, repute), Template:Xcl [[լամ#Template:Xcl|լամ]] (lam), I cry, weep), Albanian qaj, qanj (to cry, weep), Template:Cu Template:Cyrs (sluti), to speak clearly), Template:Cyrs (slušati), to hear), Lithuanian klausau 'to hear', Middle Persian  (srod), hearing, sound)Template:Rfscript, Sanskrit  (śru), to hear). More at loud.

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to Listen

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to Listen (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (intransitive) To pay attention to a sound, to note.
    Please listen carefully as I explain.
    I like to listen to music.
  2. (intransitive) To wait for a sound, such as a signal.
    You should listen for the starting gun.
  3. (intransitive) To accept or obey oral instruction.
    Good children listen to their parents.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To hear (something), to pay attention to something said.

Usage notes[edit | edit source]

In English, listen and hear are two primary verbs relating to audial perception. To hear represents automatic or passive perception of sound, while listen generally represents intentional or purposeful use of the sense of hearing. A similar distinction exists between see and watch in English.

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Danish[edit | edit source]

Noun[edit | edit source]


  1. Definite form of liste.

Dutch[edit | edit source]

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  1. Template:Nl-noun-pl-of

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Listen (infinitive listar)

  1. second-person plural (ustedes) imperative form of listar.
  2. second-person plural (ustedes) present subjunctive form of listar.
  3. third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present subjunctive form of listar.

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