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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LISTEN

Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!

I confess, Eudora, it pained me to see you listen to his idle flattery.

He resolved to listen with good grace to any homilies that might issue.

It was ingratitude of the blackest character, to listen so coldly to his wishes.

We do not believe what you have said, and will not listen to you.

Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.

"Listen, Dick," said he, using the familiar name for the first time.

Listen to me, and I will show you how the song ought to have been sung.

Her heart began to beat violently, but she stopped to listen.

While she was ill she had watched the clock for the time to listen for him.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hlysnan "to listen," from Proto-Germanic *khlusinon (cf. Dutch luisteren, Old High German hlosen "to listen," German lauschen "to listen"), from PIE root *kleu- "hearing, to hear" (cf. Sanskrit srnoti "hears," srosati "hears, obeys;" Avestan sraothra "ear;" Middle Persian srod "hearing, sound;" Lithuanian klausau "to hear," slove "splendor, honor;" Old Church Slavonic slusati "to hear," slava "fame, glory," slovo "word;" Greek klyo "hear, be called," kleos "report, rumor, fame glory," kleio "make famous;" Latin cluere "to hear oneself called, be spoken of;" Old Irish ro-clui-nethar "hears," clunim "I hear," clu "fame, glory," cluada "ears;" Welsh clywaf "I hear;" Old English hlud "loud," hleoðor "tone, tune;" Old High German hlut "sound;" Gothic hiluþ "listening, attention"). The -t- probably is by influence of Old English hlystan (see list (v.2)). For vowel evolution, see bury. As a noun from 1788 (on the listen "alert").

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