I would like to know if is there any word for saying unlisten (not to listen).


I am working on some programming code where the author has named one function listen() and another one unlisten(). I want to know whether there is a better one-word alternative for 'unlisten'.

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    "un-" with verbs usually means "reverse the process". For example "untie a knot". You can't reverse the process of listening. If you just mean "not listening" then you don't want a word, you just want "don't listen" the usual negation. So please clarify what exactly you want to express, Please give an example with more context.
    – James K
    Jun 9 '19 at 18:03
  • I edited the question @JamesK .
    – mojtab23
    Jun 9 '19 at 18:09
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    Oh as a function name, meaning "stop listening", unlisten is fine in that context. But this isn't really about English.
    – James K
    Jun 9 '19 at 18:11
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    In the context of programming, it's better to be clear than to try and force "correct" English. If listen() is a function that initiates some listening process, then unlisten() (as the function to stop this process) is the best term. It's immediately obvious that it's the opposite of the other function. I agree this is really a programming question.
    – Andrew
    Jun 9 '19 at 18:46
  • Are you talking about not listening or about undoing something you've already listened to? Jun 10 '19 at 2:44

There is ignore, as in ignore().

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