hear
verb (heard; hearing) Etymology: Middle English heren, from Old English hīeran; akin to Old High German hōren to hear, and probably to Latin cavēre to be on guard, Greek akouein to hear Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to perceive or apprehend by the ear 2. to gain knowledge of by hearing 3. a. to listen to with attention ; heed b. attend <
hear mass
>
4. a. to give a legal hearing to b. to take testimony from <
hear witnesses
>
intransitive verb 1. to have the capacity of apprehending sound 2. a. to gain information ; learn b. to receive communication <
haven't heard from her lately
>
3. to entertain the idea — used in the negative <
wouldn't hear of it
>
4. — often used in the expression Hear! Hear! to express approval (as during a speech) • hearer noun

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  • hear — W1S1 [hıə US hır] v past tense and past participle heard [hə:d US hə:rd] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(hear sounds/words etc)¦ 2¦(listen to somebody/something)¦ 3¦(be told something)¦ 4¦(in court)¦ 5 have heard of somebody/something 6 not hear the last of somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hear — [ hır ] (past tense and past participle heard [ hɜrd ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 notice sound ▸ 2 receive information ▸ 3 listen to ▸ 4 understand (feeling) ▸ 5 about things said ▸ 6 in court of law ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) intransitive or transitive never… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hear — [hir] vt. heard [hʉrd] hearing [ME heren < OE hieran, akin to Ger hören (Goth hausjan) < IE base * keu , to notice, observe > L cavere, be on one s guard, Gr koein, to perceive, hear] 1. to perceive or sense (sounds), esp. through… …   English World dictionary

  • hear — O.E. heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (W.Saxon) to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge, from P.Gmc. *hausjan (Cf. O.N. heyra, O.Fris. hora, Du. horen, Ger. hören, Goth. hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous to hear (see ACOUSTIC …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hear — Hear, v. i. 1. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. The hearing ear. Prov. xx. 12. [1913 Webster] 2. To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen. [1913 Webster] So spake our mother… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hear — vt heard, hear·ing 1 a: to give a hearing to the court heard the claims the judge agreed to hear argument on the objection b: to conduct a hearing about the magistrate s authority to hear a matter properly before him 2 a …   Law dictionary

  • hear — ► VERB (past and past part. heard) 1) perceive (a sound) with the ear. 2) be told or informed of. 3) (have heard of) be aware of the existence of. 4) (hear from) receive a letter or phone call from. 5) listen or pay att …   English terms dictionary

  • hear — hear; hear·able; hear·er; hear·ing; mis·hear; re·hear; …   English syllables

  • Hear — can refer to several things:* to hear, as in Hearing (sense), the ability to detect sound * the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project * a misspelling or homonym of hereee also*Hearing (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • hear — [v1] detect by perceiving sound apprehend, attend, auscultate, be all ears*, become aware, catch, descry, devour, eavesdrop, get*, get an earful*, get wind of*, give an audience to*, give attention, give ears*, hark, hearken, heed, listen, make… …   New thesaurus

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