Hear or Listen?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between hear and listen?
To hear means to experience sound. For example:
- I hear the dogs bark every morning.
- Listen to the wind.
Hear or Listen?The verbs to hear and to listen have similar meanings, but there is a subtle difference between them.
HearThe verb to hear means to experience sound. In other words, it means to perceive sound through the ears. For example:
- I heard a noise outside.
- My dog can't hear very well.
ListenThe verb to listen means to deliberately apply the ability to hear. In other words, it means to pay attention to a sound. To listen is usually followed by to or for. For example:
- Listen to the drum solo.
- The dog listens for the car arriving.
- Do you like to listen to classical music?