Hear meaning

hîr
To perceive (sound) by the ear.

Can you hear the signal?

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To learn by hearing; be told by others.

I heard she got married.

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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.

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To receive news or information; learn.

I heard about your accident.

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To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative.

I won't hear of your going!

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To perceive or sense (sounds), esp. through stimulation of auditory nerves in the ear by sound waves.
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To listen to and consider.
  • 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.)
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To be informed of; be told of; learn of.

To hear a rumor.

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To have a normally functioning ear or ears; be able to hear sounds.
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To listen.
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To be told or informed (of or about)
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(intransitive) To perceive sounds through the ear. [from 10th c.]

I was deaf, and now I can hear.

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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.

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To exercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. [from 10th c.]
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To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). [from 10th c.]

Eventually the king chose to hear her entreaties.

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To receive information about; to come to learn of. [from 10th c.]
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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.

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(informal) To sympathize with; to share the feeling or opinion of.

You're tired of all the ads on TV? I hear ya.

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To be capable of perceiving sound.
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hear, hear
  • Used to express approval.
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never hear the end of
  • To be complained to or told about (something) repeatedly or for a long time.
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hear from
  • to get a telephone call, letter, e-mail, etc. from
  • to get a criticism or reprimand from
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hear! hear!
  • well said!
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hear out
  • to listen to until the end
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hear tell
  • to be told; learn
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will not hear of
  • to forbid or refuse to consider
    My grandfather would not hear of such behavior.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

never hear the end of
will not hear of

Origin of hear

  • Middle English hearen Old English hīeran kous- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary