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hearing

[heer-ing] /ˈhɪər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
2.
the act of perceiving sound.
3.
opportunity to be heard:
to grant a hearing.
4.
an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, especially before an official, as a judge in a lawsuit.
5.
a preliminary examination of the basic evidence and charges by a magistrate to determine whether criminal procedures, a trial, etc., are justified.
6.
earshot:
Their conversation was beyond my hearing.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see hear, -ing1
Related forms
hearingless, adjective
prehearing, noun
unhearing, adjective
Synonyms
4. audience, conference, consultation.

hear

[heer] /hɪər/
verb (used with object), heard
[hurd] /hɜrd/ (Show IPA),
hearing.
1.
to perceive by the ear:
Didn't you hear the doorbell?
2.
to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of:
to hear news.
3.
to listen to; give or pay attention to:
They refused to hear our side of the argument.
4.
to be among the audience at or of (something):
to hear a recital.
5.
to give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly:
to hear a case.
6.
to take or listen to the evidence or testimony of (someone):
to hear the defendant.
7.
to listen to with favor, assent, or compliance.
8.
(of a computer) to perceive by speech recognition.
verb (used without object), heard
[hurd] /hɜrd/ (Show IPA),
hearing.
9.
to be capable of perceiving sound by the ear; have the faculty of perceiving sound vibrations.
10.
to receive information by the ear or otherwise:
to hear from a friend.
11.
to listen with favor, assent, or compliance (often followed by of):
I will not hear of your going.
12.
(of a computer) to be capable of perceiving by speech recognition.
13.
(used interjectionally in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech).
Origin
before 950; Middle English heren, Old English hēran, hīeran; cognate with Dutch horen, German hören, Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan; perhaps akin to Greek akoúein (see acoustic)
Related forms
hearable, adjective
hearer, noun
half-heard, adjective
outhear, verb (used with object), outheard, outhearing.
rehear, verb, reheard, rehearing.
unhearable, adjective
well-heard, adjective
Can be confused
hear, here (see synonym study at the current entry)
heard, herd.
Synonyms
1, 2. attend. Hear, listen apply to the perception of sound. To hear is to have such perception by means of the auditory sense: to hear distant bells. To listen is to give attention in order to hear and understand the meaning of a sound or sounds: to listen to what is being said; to listen for a well-known footstep. 4. attend. 7. regard, heed.
Antonyms
7. disregard.
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British Dictionary definitions for hearing

hearing

/ˈhɪərɪŋ/
noun
1.
the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived related adjective audio
2.
an opportunity to be listened to
3.
the range within which sound can be heard; earshot
4.
the investigation of a matter by a court of law, esp the preliminary inquiry into an indictable crime by magistrates
5.
a formal or official trial of an action or lawsuit

hear

/hɪə/
verb hears, hearing, heard (hɜːd)
1.
(transitive) to perceive (a sound) with the sense of hearing
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to listen to: did you hear what I said?
3.
when intr, sometimes foll by of or about; when tr, may take a clause as object. to be informed (of); receive information (about): to hear of his success, have you heard?
4.
(law) to give a hearing to (a case)
5.
when intr, usually foll by of and used with a negative. to listen (to) with favour, assent, etc: she wouldn't hear of it
6.
(intransitive) foll by from. to receive a letter, news, etc (from)
7.
hear! hear!, an exclamation used to show approval of something said
8.
(dialect) hear tell, to be told (about); learn (of)
Derived Forms
hearable, adjective
hearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English hieran; related to Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan, Old High German hōren, Greek akouein
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Word Origin and History for hearing
n.

"perception by ear," early 13c., from present participle of hear. Meaning "a listening to evidence in a court of law" is from 1570s.

hear

v.

Old English heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (West Saxon) "to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge," from Proto-Germanic *hauzjan (cf. Old Norse heyra, Old Frisian hora, Dutch horen, German hören, Gothic hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous- "to hear" (see acoustic). The shift from *-z- to -r- is a regular feature in some Germanic languages.

For spelling, see see head (n.); spelling distinction between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Old English also had the excellent adjective hiersum "ready to hear, obedient," literally "hear-some" with suffix from handsome, etc. Hear, hear! (1680s) was originally imperative, used as an exclamation to call attention to a speaker's words; now a general cheer of approval. Originally it was hear him!

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hearing in Medicine

hear (hēr)
v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
To perceive (sound) by the ear.

hearing n.
The sense by which sound is perceived; the capacity to hear.

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