verb (used with object), heard [hurd] , hearing.
to perceive by the ear: Didn't you hear the doorbell?
to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of: to hear news.
to listen to; give or pay attention to: They refused to hear our side of the argument.
to be among the audience at or of (something): to hear a recital.
to give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly: to hear a case.
to take or listen to the evidence or testimony of (someone): to hear the defendant.
to listen to with favor, assent, or compliance.
(of a computer) to perceive by speech recognition.
verb (used without object), heard [hurd] , hearing.
to be capable of perceiving sound by the ear; have the faculty of perceiving sound vibrations.
to receive information by the ear or otherwise: to hear from a friend.
to listen with favor, assent, or compliance (often followed by of ): I will not hear of your going.
(of a computer) to be capable of perceiving by speech recognition.
(used interjectionally in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech).

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)

hearable, adjective
hearer, noun
half-heard, adjective
outhear, verb (used with object), outheard, outhearing.
rehear, verb, reheard, rehearing.
unhearable, adjective
well-heard, adjective

1. hear, here (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. heard, herd.

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.

7. disregard.
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hear (hɪə)
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by of or about; when tr, may take a clause as object) (when intr, usually foll by of and used with a negative) (foll by from) , hears, hearing, heard
1.  (tr) to perceive (a sound) with the sense of hearing
2.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to listen to: did you hear what I said?
3.  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.  to listen (to) with favour, assent, etc: she wouldn't hear of it
6.  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)
[Old English hieran; related to Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan, Old High German hōren, Greek akouein]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (W.Saxon), from P.Gmc. *khauzjianan (cf. O.N. hegra, O.Fris. hora, Du. horen, Ger. hören, Goth. hausjan), perhaps from PIE base *(s)keu- "to notice, observe." Spelling difference between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Hearing "listening to evidence in
a court of law" is from 1576; hearsay is 1532 from phrase to hear say. O.E. also had the excellent adj. hiersum "ready to hear, obedient," lit. "hear-some" with suffix from handsome, etc. Hear, hear! (1689) 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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hear (hēr)
v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
To perceive (sound) by the ear.

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Example sentences for hears
He hears on the radio than he must return to the contest in four minutes or forfeit.
Toby only hears part of the prophecy, leaving out a dangerous omen of things to come.
Able to hypnotize anyone into obeying the next command that person hears.
An appellate court is a court that hears cases on appeal from another court.
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