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verb, \ˈhir\

Simple Definition of hear

  • : to be aware of (sound) through the ear

  • : to listen to (someone or something)

  • : to be told (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hear

heard play \ˈhərd\ hearing play \ˈhir-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perceive or apprehend by the ear

  3. 2 :  to gain knowledge of by hearing

  4. 3 a :  to listen to with attention :  heed b :  attend <hear mass>

  5. 4 a :  to give a legal hearing to b :  to take testimony from <hear witnesses>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to have the capacity of apprehending sound

  8. 2 a :  to gain information :  learn b :  to receive communication <haven't heard from her lately>

  9. 3 :  to entertain the idea —used in the negative <wouldn't hear of it>

  10. 4 —often used in the expression Hear! Hear! to express approval (as during a speech)

hearer play \ˈhir-ər\ noun

Examples of hear in a sentence

  1. Do you hear that music?

  2. I couldn't hear a word of what he said over all that noise.

  3. I thought I heard him leave.

  4. Would you turn the volume up a little? I can't hear.

  5. I heard her in concert a few years ago.

  6. Have you ever heard Wagner sung in English?

  7. The committee will hear witnesses today.

  8. I hear he's leaving town.

  9. I don't know what happened. I'll let you know if I hear anything.

  10. 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


verb \ˈhir\

Definition of hear for Students

heard \ˈhərd\hearing \ˈhir-iŋ\

  1. 1 :  to take in through the ear <I hear laughter.>

  2. 2 :  to have the power of hearing <He doesn't hear well.>

  3. 3 :  to gain knowledge of by hearing <I hear he's moving to another state.>

  4. 4 :  to listen to with care and attention <Wait till you hear both sides of the story.>

hearer \ˈhir-ər\ noun

Headscratcher for hear

You need ears to hear and you need “ear” to spell “hear.”

Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈhi(ə)r\

Medical Definition of hear

heard \ˈhərd\play ; hearing \ˈhi(ə)r-iŋ\play

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to perceive or apprehend by the ear

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to have the capacity of apprehending sound

Law Dictionary


transitive verb

Legal Definition of hear


  1. 1a :  to give a hearing to <the court heard the claims> <the judge agreed to hear argument on the objection> b :  to conduct a hearing about <the magistrate's authority to hear a matter properly before him>

  2. 2a :  to take testimony from <the committee will hear 30 witnesses> b :  to take (as testimony) at a hearing <the judge heard statements from the victim's family>

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