- The definition of hear is to perceive a sound with your ears, or is being told or learning about something.
- An example of hear is when a bell rings and you are aware of it.
- An example of hear is when you learn through listening to gossip that your new boss is a jerk.
- An example of hear is when you are aware of a new science project.
You hear sounds with your ears.
transitive verbheard , hearing
- to perceive or sense (sounds), esp. through stimulation of auditory nerves in the ear by sound waves
- to listen to and consider; specif.,
- to take notice of; pay attention to: hear what I tell you
- to listen to officially; give a formal hearing to: to hear a child's lessons
- to conduct an examination or hearing of (a law case, etc.); try
- to consent to; grant: hear my plea
- to understand: I hear you
- to be a member of the audience at (an opera, lecture, etc.)
- to be informed of; be told; learn: to hear a rumor
Origin of hearMiddle English heren ; from Old English hieran, akin to German hören (Goth hausjan) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form keu-, to notice, observe from source Classical Latin cavere, be on one's guard, Classical Greek koein, to perceive, hear
- to have a normally functioning ear or ears; be able to hear sounds
- to listen
- to be told or informed (of or about)
- to get a letter, telegram, etc. from
- to get a criticism or reprimand from
not hear of
verbheard heard , hear·ing, hears
- To perceive (sound) by the ear: Can you hear the signal?
- To learn by hearing; be told by others: I heard she got married.
- a. To listen to (something) attentively or in an official capacity, as in a court: heard the last witness in the afternoon.b. To listen to and consider favorably: Lord, hear my prayer!c. To attend or participate in: hear Mass.
- To be capable of perceiving sound.
- To receive news or information; learn: I heard about your accident.
- To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative: I won't hear of your going!
Origin of hearMiddle English hearen, Old English hīeran; see kous- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present hears, present participle hearing, simple past and past participle heard)
- (intransitive) To perceive sounds through the ear. [from 10th c.]
- I was deaf, and now I can hear.
- 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.
- To exercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. [from 10th c.]
- To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). [from 10th c.]
- Eventually the king chose to hear her entreaties.
- To receive information about; to come to learn of. [from 10th c.]
- 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.
- (informal) To sympathize with; to share the feeling or opinion of.
- You're tired of all the ads on TV? I hear ya.
From Middle English heren, from Old English hēran, hȳran, hīeran (“to hear”), from Proto-Germanic *hauzijaną (“to hear”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ḱh₂owsyé-. Compare West Frisian hearre (“to hear”), Dutch horen (“to hear”), German hören (“to hear”), Danish høre (“to hear”), Icelandic heyra (“to hear”).