un·​heard | \ˌən-ˈhərd \

Definition of unheard 

1a : not perceived by the ear

b : not given a hearing

2 archaic : unheard-of

Examples of unheard in a Sentence

Their cries for help were unheard.

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South Floridians have a name for his unusual but not unheard of type of find: Square grouper. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sea weed? Fisherman hauls in marijuana," 3 July 2018 Only family and friends are invited, and the intimate setting reveals some idiosyncrasies of mixed martial arts that often go unseen and unheard. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 Like many Sativa clients, Lewis believes her cries for clean water have gone unheard because the customer base largely consists of working-class black and Latino residents with little political sway. Ruben Vives, latimes.com, "Abolishing a water district isn't easy — even when it's accused of nepotism, mismanagement and delivering brown water," 7 July 2018 No matter the reason, large segments of the score went unheard until they were restored for the first complete recording in 2005, undertaken by the conductor Alexander Frey, with Linda Eder as Wendy. New York Times, "Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?," 26 June 2018 More than once, Jack points to a culture of indifference that allows murder to go unseen and screams for help to go unheard. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The House That Jack Built': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 15 May 2018 The film's producers Rebecca Shore and Raphael Shore said in a press release that they were motivated to expose a side of the Israeli narrative that often goes unheard while doing so in a way that would relate to audiences of all ages. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Israeli documentary to be screened in high schools on Yom Hazikaron," 5 Apr. 2018 Weishaupt also said Ussery would make inappropriate comments about her body, but her disclosures to her bosses went unheard. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Ex-Mavericks employee details sexual harassment, says 'I think Mark knew'," 21 Mar. 2018 That foreboding voicemail, left on Tuesday, went unheard until Friday, a day after the bridge collapsed. Eric Levenson, CNN, "The footbridge was built to save lives. Instead, it left 6 dead," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unheard

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of unheard

: not given attention

: not heard or listened to


un·​heard | \ˌən-ˈhərd \

Kids Definition of unheard

: not heard I followed as softly as I could, and coming unheard into the kitchen, stood and watched him.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

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