I've been looking for a single word that exactly means "to stop listening", but I haven't found anything. Is there such a word?

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In many instances, "ignore" will work for you.

From Dictionary.com:

 verb (used with object), ignored, ignoring.
to refrain from noticing or recognizing:
to ignore insulting remarks.

Informally, from comments below, there are these options:

  • tune out
  • drift off
  • zone out
  • Yeah, it will +1, but isn't there a word directly related to "not to listen", even if olde?
    – Kyle
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 19:40
  • Checking Thesaurs.com, none of the antonyms is specific to our auditory sense.
    – TecBrat
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 19:43
  • Exactly, that's why I came here with the hope of finding a word even if really archaic
    – Kyle
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 19:44
  • Another phrase, though slang, is to "zone out" and yet another is to "drift off"
    – TecBrat
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 19:44
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    @Mr. Derpinthoughton In one sense, yes. Not in the sense TecBrat means. 'Tune out' is another option if you can put up with a multi-word verb. Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 19:50

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