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Meaning of hear by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English hȳran ( “to hear” )


    • IPA: /hɪə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /hI@( r\ )/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /hɪə( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /hI@( r\ )/
    • ( US ) IPA: /hɪɚ/, X-SAMPA: /hI@`/
    • Rhymes: -ɪə( ɹ )
    • Homophone: here, hir


    hear ( third-person singular simple present hears present participle hearing, simple past and past participle heard )

    1. ( intransitive ) To have the faculty of being able to perceive sounds, through the ear. [from 10th c.]
      I was deaf, and now I can hear .
    2. ( transitive ) To perceive ( a sound, or something producing a sound ) with the ear, to recognize ( something ) in an auditory way. [from 10th c.]
      I heard a sound from outside the window .
    3. ( transitive ) To excercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. [from 10th c.]
    4. ( transitive ) To listen favourably to; to grant ( a request etc. ). [from 10th c.]
      Eventually the king chose to hear her entreaties .
    5. ( transitive ) To receive information about; to come to learn of. [from 10th c.]
    6. ( transitive ) To listen to ( a person, case ) in a court of law; to try. [from 12th c.]
      Your case will be heard at the end of the month .

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    See also

    • hear in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • hear in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913



    • hare
    • Hera
    • RHAe
    • rhea, Rhea

Explanation of hear by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

    2. receive a communication from someone

    3. We heard nothing from our son for five years
    4. perceive ( sound ) via the auditory sense

    5. listen and pay attention

    6. We must hear the expert before we make a decision
    7. examine or hear ( evidence or a case ) by judicial process

    8. The jury had heard all the evidence

    Definition of hear by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hear ( hēr ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Heard ( hẽrd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Hearing.] [OE. heren, AS,. hiéran, hȳran, hēran; akin to OS. hōrian, OFries. hera, hora, D. hooren, OHG. hōren, G. hören, Icel. heyra, Sw. höra, Dan. hore, Goth. hausjan, and perh. to Gr. ἀκούειν, E. acoustic. Cf. Hark, Hearken.]
      1. To perceive by the ear; to apprehend or take cognizance of by the ear; as, “to hear sounds; to hear a voice; to hear one call.”

      Lay thine ear close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the tread of travelers. Shak.

      He had been heard to utter an ominous growl. Macaulay.

      2. To give audience or attention to; to listen to; to heed; to accept the doctrines or advice of; to obey; to examine; to try in a judicial court; as, “to hear a recitation; to hear a class; the case will be heard to-morrow.”

      3. To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper; as, “to hear a concert; to hear Mass.”

      4. To give attention to as a teacher or judge.

      Thy matters are good and right, but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. 2 Sam. xv. 3.

      I beseech your honor to hear me one single word. Shak.

      5. To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and answer favorably; to favor.

      I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice. Ps. cxvi. 1.

      They think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matt. vi. 7.

      Hear him. See Remark, under Hear, v. i. -- To hear a bird sing, to receive private communication. [Colloq.] Shak. -- To hear say, to hear one say; to learn by common report; to receive by rumor. [Colloq.]

    2. Hear, v. i.
      1. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. “The hearing ear.” Prov. xx. 12.

      2. To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.

      So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard,

      Well pleased, but answered not. Milton.

      3. To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to receive information by report or by letter.

      I have heard, sir, of such a man. Shak.

      I must hear from thee every day in the hour. Shak.

      To hear ill, to be blamed. [Obs.]

      Not only within his own camp, but also now at Rome, he heard ill for his temporizing and slow proceedings. Holland.

      -- To hear well, to be praised. [Obs.]

      ☞ Hear, or Hear him, is often used in the imperative, especially in the course of a speech in English assemblies, to call attention to the words of the speaker.

      Hear him, . . . a cry indicative, according to the tone, of admiration, acquiescence, indignation, or derision. Macaulay.