Definition of hear in English:


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  • 1with object Perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)

    ‘behind her she could hear men's voices’
    • ‘she had never been heard to complain’
    • ‘he did not hear very well’
    perceive, catch, get, make out, take in, apprehend, discern
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    1. 1.1Listen or pay attention to.
      • ‘she just doesn't hear what I'm telling her’
    2. 1.2Law Listen to and judge (a case or plaintiff)
      • ‘an all-woman jury heard the case’
      try, judge, sit in judgement on
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    3. 1.3Listen to and grant (a prayer)
      • ‘our Heavenly Father has heard our prayers’
  • 2Be told or informed of.

    ‘have you heard the news?’
    • ‘they heard that I had moved’
    • ‘no doubt you heard about the raid’
    be informed, be told, find out, discover, learn, gather, glean, ascertain, get word, be made aware, be given to understand, hear tell, get wind, pick up
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/hir/ /hɪr/


    be unable to hear oneself think
    • Used to complain about very loud noise or music.

      • ‘I hate bars where you can't hear yourself think’
      • ‘I am unable to hear myself think because of the shouting in my right ear.’
      • ‘Angels vice president Tim Mead recalls being unable to hear himself think when the team was three outs from clinching the '86 ALCS, but he says the sustained intensity this postseason was far greater.’
      • ‘They were so loud you could not even hear our rides, and we were unable to hear ourselves think, as if thinking is something we have to do!’
      • ‘She was so loud, the rest of the dining room was unable to hear themselves think.’
      • ‘If you have a room with a pool view you cannot lay down in your room because the noise is that bad you are unable to hear yourself think.’
      • ‘It is that urge to run out onto an opposing school's football field after an improbable upset or to be unable to hear yourself think over the roar of the home court anxiously awaiting the final buzzer.’
      • ‘I searched for the giant reticulated python, lizards, macaque monkeys and flying lemurs for hours and hours in the deathly heat, almost unable to hear myself think with the screeching of insects and exotic birds.’
    hear tell of
    • Be told about.

      • ‘he has heard tell of bidders getting carried away by the bidding, far beyond their means’
    hear tell that
    • Be told that.

      ‘I heard tell that he went out west’
      • ‘I've heard say that she nursed Sam at home’
      • ‘Furthermore, I've heard tell that, like racehorses, modern blocks of flats all have one great-great grandaddy.’
      • ‘There were towers and pillars and Elizabeth had heard tell that there were hundreds of rooms, even though the glorious abode accommodated only one occupant.’
      • ‘I've heard tell that in Poland there's been a tradition that young boys take sweets to school for girls, and men take flowers for women at work.’
      • ‘I have heard tell that there is a woman in this city who may know the whereabouts of this book.’
      • ‘Only these are far larger than any I heard tell of as a boy, and all others who come here from outside say the same.’
      • ‘I have even heard say that during training she won't even smile if there's not a good reason.’
      • ‘When comedic actors go into drama - particularly when they're at the peak of their careers - you always hear tell that sometimes they won't ‘go all out’ because they're scared to death.’
      • ‘And I hear tell that there's a lot of beauty up there in Iceland.’
      • ‘And I have heard tell that one of them was innocent!’
      • ‘I have even heard tell that some people don't answer the phone if they recognise the number and don't wish to speak to that person right now.’
    hear! hear!
    • Used to express one's wholehearted agreement with something said, especially in a speech.

      ‘We say, hear hear, it couldn't have happened to a nicer film/bloke.’
      • ‘My mother, who taught fourth grade for 30 years and became heartily sick of parents who insisted that she hand out high grades to undeserving kids in order not to damage their self-esteem, says ‘hear hear.’’
      • ‘The crew echoed with ‘hear hear’ and ‘damn straight.’’
      • ‘No one spoke until Maura called out ‘hear hear’ and the rest of the audience, though confused, clapped along and began to eat.’

Phrasal Verbs

    hear from
    • hear from someoneBe contacted by someone.

      • ‘if you would like to join the committee, we would love to hear from you’
    hear of
    • 1hear of somethingBe told or informed of something.

      • ‘I was shocked to hear of her death’
    • 2have heard of someone or somethingusually with negative Be aware of or know of the existence of someone or something.

      ‘nobody had ever heard of my college’
      • ‘a bunch of bands you've never heard of’
      • ‘I asked her if she'd heard of that film’
    • 3will not hear of something or would not hear of somethingWill or would not allow or agree to something.

      • ‘I won't hear of such idiocy’
    hear out
    • hear someone out, hear out someoneListen to all that someone has to say.

      • ‘Joseph gravely heard them out but never offered advice’


Old English hīeran, hēran, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hooren and German hören.