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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LISTENING

Your listening Hannah has given you this intelligence, as she does many others.

On stopping and listening, I soon heard some person calling hogs.

Hester could hardly say she saw among them much sign of listening.

He began to suspect that he was being cheated into listening to a Bible story.

The boys were listening, their heads bent forward all around her.

He had forgotten for the moment that anybody was listening to him, save the two readers.

Red, however, suddenly straightened from the desk and stood motionless, listening.

A slight noise had caught his ear, he had stooped, listening.

His brother was there, listening to the comments of O'Hara, his friendly rival.

She worked as if for dear life, but every quiver of her back told that she was listening.

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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