from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of something that listens, or is used in order to listen.
  • n. Action of the verb listening
  • n. Skill or ability for nonnatives of English language of perceiving spoken English.
  • v. Present participle of listen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the act of hearing attentively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who listens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of hearing attentively


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  • I've become very aware of how when a person vents say, me that people listening often--almost as a reflex--jump to give advice, but if you are *really listening* you will notice that the person venting did not ask for advice.

    How close?

  • Sometimes the ending just happens without fireworks and glory. one smoke filled patio saturday night conversation hot muggy air ... blue chairs rocking listening two listening… to you and two boys in the living room that was life… that was life… i'm sorry.


  • When St. Benedict had these feelings he knew they came from God, and so, instead of not listening and just letting himself get keen on his study and his amusements, he made up his mind that he would always _do his best_ to follow God's will, and would keep his heart _always listening_, so that if God _did_ want to call him away to some special kind of life he would be ready to hear and to obey.

    Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light

  • I remember as a little girl sitting with an old maiden aunt and listening to some drama series on the radio that she’d been hooked on for years, and thinking of it now, I suspect that something like that, when you are *just listening* has got to be really useful for a writer, as you need to know how to recognize subtle changes of voice and meaning.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Tuesday writing blog: show me the money.

  • Warren has spent the past several weeks meeting with party activists and voters across the state as part of what she called a listening tour.

    Elizabeth Warren to enter Mass. Senate race

  • On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton met with the Likud party leader in Jerusalem in what she called a listening exercise.

    U.S. to Press Netanyahu to Curb Settler Activity

  • SCHNEIDER (voice-over): When Hillary Clinton first ran for Senate in New York, she went on what she called a listening tour of the state.

    CNN Transcript Jan 29, 2009

  • John McCain will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, today, the final stop on what he called his listening tour.

    CNN Transcript Apr 25, 2008

  • John McCain is going to be in Little Rock, Arkansas, today, the final stop of what he calls his listening tour.

    CNN Transcript Apr 25, 2008

  • SNOW: Early on, Hughes took what she called a listening tour of the region.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2007


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  • JM wonders why it is that no one is listening until you make a mistake?

    July 17, 2011