Simple Definition of hear
: to be aware of (sound) through the ear
: to listen to (someone or something)
: to be told (something)
Full Definition of hear
1 : to perceive or apprehend by the ear
2 : to gain knowledge of by hearing
4 a : to give a legal hearing to b : to take testimony from <hear witnesses>
1 : to have the capacity of apprehending sound
2 a : to gain information : learn b : to receive communication <haven't heard from her lately>
3 : to entertain the idea —used in the negative <wouldn't hear of it>
4 —often used in the expression Hear! Hear! to express approval (as during a speech)
Examples of hear
Do you hear that music?
I couldn't hear a word of what he said over all that noise.
I thought I heard him leave.
Would you turn the volume up a little? I can't hear.
I heard her in concert a few years ago.
Have you ever heard Wagner sung in English?
The committee will hear witnesses today.
I hear he's leaving town.
I don't know what happened. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
I've heard it said that smoking is bad for your health.
Origin of hear
Middle English heren, from Old English hīeran; akin to Old High German hōren to hear, and probably to Latin cavēre to be on guard, Greek akouein to hear
First Known Use: before 12th century
HEAR Defined for Kids
Definition of hear
heard \ˈhərd\hear·ing \ˈhir-iŋ\
1 : to take in through the ear <I hear laughter.>
2 : to have the power of hearing <He doesn't hear well.>
3 : to gain knowledge of by hearing <I hear he's moving to another state.>
4 : to listen to with care and attention <Wait till you hear both sides of the story.>
Headscratcher for hear
You need ears to hear and you need “ear” to spell “hear.”
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