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
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    listen and pay attention
    Listen to your father”
    synonyms: hear, take heed
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    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
  3. verb
    pay close attention to; give heed to
    synonyms: heed, mind
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    type of:
    be obedient to
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