Pronunciation: (lis'un),[key] —v.i. 1. to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
2. to pay attention; heed; obey (often fol. by to): Children don't always listen to their parents. 3. to wait attentively for a sound (usually fol. by for): to listen for sounds of their return. 4. Informal.to convey a particular impression to the hearer; sound: The new recording doesn't listen as well as the old one.
—v.t. 1. Archaic.to give ear to; hear.
2. listen in, a. to listen to a radio or television broadcast: Listen in tomorrow for the names of the lottery winners. b. to overhear a conversation or communication, esp. by telephone; eavesdrop: Someone was listening in to his private calls.