One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I've just been listening to the news’
hear, pay attention, be attentive, attend, concentrate on, concentrate on hearing, give ear to, lend an ear to
hang on someone's words
keep one's ears open, prick up one's ears
informal be all ears, pin back one's ears, get a load of, tune in
literary hark, hearken
2‘policy-makers should listen to popular opinion’
pay attention, take heed, heed, give heed, take notice, take note, mind, observe, watch, follow, notice, mark, bear in mind, give a thought to, take into consideration, take into account, take to heart, hang on, accept, believe
obey, do as one is told by
ignore, be deaf to
‘anyone with the right radio receiver can listen in on calls’
overhear, tap, wiretap, bug, monitor
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