un·​heard | \ ˌən-ˈhərd How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

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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Some barrier, unseen and unheard by me, blocked our passage. Haben Girma, Twin Cities, "Haben Girma: Guide dogs don’t lead blind people. We wander as one.," 11 Aug. 2019 That’s a relatively small percentage of revenue derived from fares, but not unheard of, says Jonathan English, who studies transit ridership at Columbia University. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched," 9 Aug. 2019 Atmospheric rivers are rare but not unheard of in Alaska. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "An atmospheric river is drenching parts of Alaska after a stretch of scorching weather," 6 Aug. 2019 Impacts from asteroids the size of 2019 OK are very uncommon but not unheard of. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "A “city-killing” asteroid just zipped by Earth. Why didn’t we see it coming?," 26 July 2019 The latest: Pistons have yet to conduct an introductory news conference, which is unusual, but not unheard of. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing the Detroit Pistons roster and predicting the depth chart," 22 July 2019 Such spontaneous explosions such are rare but not unheard of. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "World War II Bomb Explodes 75 Years Later, Creates Massive Crater in German Field," 24 June 2019 Brian Stevens, an inspector for the Fire Department, said that chimney extrication incidents are uncommon, but not unheard of. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "Teenager rescued from chimney in Inglewood by L.A. County firefighters," 5 June 2019 Such a reversal of a Justice Department legal interpretation is unusual but not unheard of, according to both current and former department officials familiar with the OLC. Alexandra Berzon, WSJ, "Justice Department’s Reversal on Online Gambling Tracked Memo From Adelson Lobbyists," 18 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce unheard (audio) \

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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