To hear a bird sing
Hear Hear (h[=e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Heard} (h[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hearing}.] [OE. heren, AS,. hi['e]ran, h[=y]ran, h[=e]ran; akin to OS. h[=o]rian, OFries. hera, hora, D. hooren, OHG. h[=o]ren, G. h["o]ren, Icel. heyra, Sw. h["o]ra, Dan. hore, Goth. hausjan, and perh. to Gr. 'akoy`ein, 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. [1913 Webster]

Lay thine ear close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the tread of travelers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He had been heard to utter an ominous growl. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper; as, to hear a concert; to hear Mass. [1913 Webster]

4. To give attention to as a teacher or judge. [1913 Webster]

Thy matters are good and right, but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. --2 Sam. xv. 3. [1913 Webster]

I beseech your honor to hear me one single word. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and answer favorably; to favor. [1913 Webster]

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice. --Ps. cxvi. 1. [1913 Webster]

They think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. --Matt. vi. 7. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]


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