If you really listen late at night after everyone's asleep, you'll hear the noises your house makes — the creaking of walls and floors, the hum of the refrigerator, the banging of the radiators.

When you listen to something, you don't just hear it, but you really pay attention to the sounds. You can listen to music, listen for the sound of your guests arriving, or listen to the advice your grandfather gives you. The phrase listen in means to eavesdrop on, or deliberately overhear, a conversation. The t in the middle of the word listen is silent (you can't hear it even if you listen).

Definitions of listen

v hear with intention

Listen to the sound of this cello”
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hear out
listen to every detail and give a full hearing to
listen in
listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation
advert, attend, give ear, hang, pay heed
give heed (to)
hark, harken, hearken
listen; used mostly in the imperative
eavesdrop, listen in
listen without the speaker's knowledge
pay attention to exclusively and obsessively
bug, intercept, tap, wiretap
tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
Type of:
comprehend, perceive
to become aware of through the senses

v listen and pay attention

Listen to your father”
hear, take heed
bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
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center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
direct one's attention on something

v pay close attention to; give heed to

heed, mind
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be obedient to

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