verb \ˈhir\

: to be aware of (sound) through the ear

: to listen to (someone or something)

: to be told (something)

heard \ˈhərd\ hear·ing \ˈhir-iŋ\

Full Definition of HEAR

transitive verb
:  to perceive or apprehend by the ear
:  to gain knowledge of by hearing
a :  to listen to with attention :  heed
b :  attend <hear mass>
a :  to give a legal hearing to
b :  to take testimony from <hear witnesses>
intransitive verb
:  to have the capacity of apprehending sound
a :  to gain information :  learn
b :  to receive communication <haven't heard from her lately>
:  to entertain the idea —used in the negative <wouldn't hear of it>
—often used in the expression Hear! Hear! to express approval (as during a speech)
hear·er \ˈhir-ər\ noun

Examples of HEAR

  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


verb \ˈhi(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)
heard \ˈhərd\ hear·ing \ˈhi(ə)r-iŋ\

Medical Definition of HEAR

transitive verb
: to perceive or apprehend by the ear
intransitive verb
: to have the capacity of apprehending sound


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