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English verb: listen

1. listen (perception) hear with intention

SamplesListen to the sound of this cello.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)advert, attend, eavesdrop, give ear, hang, hark, harken, hear out, hearken, listen in, listen in, pay heed


2. listen (perception) listen and pay attention

SamplesListen to your father.
We must hear the expert before we make a decision.

Synonymshear, take heed

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet

Narrower (hyponym)incline

3. listen (social) pay close attention to; give heed to

SamplesHeed the advice of the old men.

Synonymsheed, mind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)obey

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