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Listen, to hearken, to give attention, to prick the ears; 1) absol.: “with --ing ear,” Ven. 698. Lucr. 283. “all jointly --ing,” Lucr. 283 Lucr. 283 “l.” LLL IV, 3, 45. Shr. IV, 1, 68. H4B I, 2, 138. H8 I, 2, 120. Tit. II, 3, 139. Caes. II, 4, 17. Mcb. IV, 1, 89. Per. I, 2, 87. V, 1, 235.
2) with an accus.: “to l. our purpose,” Ado III, 1, 12. “he is --ed,” R2 II, 1, 9. “l. great things,” Caes. IV, 1, 41. “--ing their fear,” Mcb. II, 2, 29. cf. “l. what I say,” H6A V, 3, 103.
3) with “to:” Mids. V, 241 (Q2 Ff hearken). Shr. I, 2, 180. John III, 1, 198. R2 II, 1, 20. H4A II, 4, 235. H6B I, 3, 93. Per. IV, 2, 106.
4) with after, == to enquire about: “whom I sent to l. after news,” H4B I, 1, 29. “I will l. after Humphrey, how he proceeds,” H6B I, 3, 152.
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