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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After the 54-year-old tweeted a promotional image for his show last week wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith, calls for his show to be cancelled went unheard. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "David Cross offends with jokes about Mormons, beating up Donald Trump," 24 Aug. 2018 Such jobless recoveries were unheard of at the time but have since become commonplace. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Bush’s Economic Legacy, Little Appreciated Then, Reverberates Today," 3 Dec. 2018 That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly a few times this week — would have been unheard of just a few years ago. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 2018 Five runners went under 9 minutes, which was unheard of for a high school race. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Lindy Remigino, Won 2 Olympic Gold Medals, Hartford Icon, Dies At 87," 12 July 2018 The book has now become a National Book Award finalist and a National Book Critics Circle prizewinner and has sold over 85,000 copies, a figure practically unheard of for a debut short story collection. Chris Power, WSJ, "These Independent Publishers Are Challenging the Corporate Players," 31 Oct. 2018 Assembled in the United States, the Moto X offered an unheard-of level of customization and personalization options and intuitive software. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018 But the students, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents and friends who gathered were celebrating something more — a year without fights in a school in one of the city’s poorest, most violent communities is practically unheard of. Philly.com, "These Philly school kids made it through the year without fighting. Their reward was more than just money.," 8 June 2018 Moving any case, including Houston's most high-profile trials, to another county for trial is practically unheard of over the past decade. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Judge denies request to move murder case of deputy and husband accused of choking man at Denny's," 13 Apr. 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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to deny responsibility for

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