listen for

listen for (someone or something)

To be and remain attentive so as to hear some sound. You listen for Mary's car so we can get in our places to surprise her. Could you please turn down your music? I'm trying to listen for the pizza delivery guy.
See also: for, listen
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

listen for someone or something

to try to hear someone or something. I will have to let you in the front door if you come home late. I will listen for you. I am listening for the telephone.
See also: for, listen
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

listen for

To listen attentively to hear some sound; wait expectantly to hear something or someone: Listen for the doorbell—the pizza should be here soon.
See also: for, listen
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In the initial stages of this technique, students are supposed to listen for general understanding and later they should listen for details as they add to their notes through negotiating with their peers.
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However, Ellen used a totally different strategy: Because I had already previewed the questions, I knew what I should listen for. When the tape began to run, I focused on the necessary information only.
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Active listening occurs when you hear beyond the speaker's words and listen for the meaning; and even more so when you search for the context, intent and feelings behind the message.
One of the first principles in crisis intervention is to listen for the emotions exhibited by the subject and how they relate to the facts of the situation.
My wife Janet and I take time each morning on waking to pray and listen for direction from the God who has led us so wonderfully all these years in fair weather and foul.
People listen for a variety of reasons--to learn, retain information, make decisions, and solve problems.
One way to avoid interrupting unintentionally is to listen for words that indicate the speaker may have more to say, such as "and' "also' "beside, ""in other words."
Alert children to the organizational structure of your message and tell them what to listen for ("Today you will be working in groups on the class newspaper.
If a patient wants you to listen for 20 minutes and you only have 10, you can prepare them for the interaction so they don't feel rushed.
I learned to listen for each voice, to achieve the proper balance among the voices in replication as well as in my own interpretation.