listen

verb
ADVERB
actively, attentively, carefully, closely, hard, intently

Now, listen very carefully to what she says.

half-heartedly, idly, passively

He listened idly to the radio chatter.

half

Lucy was only half listening to their conversation.

barely, hardly

He was hardly listening, for he had too much on his mind.

calmly, patiently
politely, respectfully

The others listened respectfully to her words.

sympathetically

We listened politely to his stories.

avidly, eagerly, raptly, with interest

The guests were listening with great interest.

in silence, quietly, silently

They listened to the announcement in silence.

anxiously
in awe
VERB + LISTEN
will, would

Nobody will listen to me!

I tried to warn her, but she wouldn't listen.

not bother to

I didn't even bother to listen to his reply.

need to, should

You need to listen to me!

be prepared to, be willing to
refuse to

He refused to listen to her explanation.

PREPOSITION
for

We listened anxiously for the sound of footsteps.

to

I was listening to the radio.

PHRASES
listen with one ear (AmE)

I listened with one ear to the conversation at the next table.

Listen is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ear

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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