Definition of hear
1 : to perceive or become aware of by the ear didn't hear what she said thought I heard them leave
2 : to gain knowledge of by hearing heard that you were ill
4a law : to give a listening to legal arguments in : to give a legal hearing to hear a caseb law : to take testimony from hear witnesses
1 : to have the capacity of perceiving sound : to be able to become aware of sound He doesn't hear well.
2a : to gain information : learn tired of hearing about his problemsb : 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)
hearerplay \ˈhir-ər\ noun
Examples of hear in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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 English Language Learners
Definition of hear for English Language Learners
: to be aware of (sound) through the ear
: to listen to (someone or something)
: to be told (something)
HEAR Defined for Kids
Definition of hear for Students
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.”
Legal Definition of hear
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
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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