hear

play
verb \ˈhir\

Definition of hear

heard

play \ˈhərd\;

hearing

play \ˈhir-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perceive or become aware of by the ear didn't hear what she said thought I heard them leave

  3. 2 :  to gain knowledge of by hearing heard that you were ill

  4. 3a :  to listen to with attention :  heed would not hear my side of the storyb :  attend hear mass

  5. 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

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to have the capacity of perceiving sound :  to be able to become aware of sound He doesn't hear well.

  8. 2a :  to gain information :  learn tired of hearing about his problemsb :  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 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

hear

play
verb \ˈhir\

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

hear

play
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

hear

play
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

hear

transitive verb

Legal Definition of hear

heard

hearing

  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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