- 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.
- 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 as an interjection in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech).
Origin of hear
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Examples from the Web for hear
One wants speech to be free, but one doesn't actually want to hear it.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
Or has the see and hear and speak-no-evil stance of the Republican House persuaded him that he is in the clear?The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
Do as Tumblr has done and scrub her last words off the Internet—erase everything she wanted the world to hear.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
Betrayal…you can hear it…betraying the thing he loves for a cheap bit of film publicity.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Every time a conservative pol gets caught in a racial mess, we hear the same weary and laughable tune.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
Let me hear from your own lips the words that must decide my destiny.
When I hear a note of music, can I not at once strike its chord?
We missed our morning mass, it will do us no harm to hear Nones in the Minster.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
And you don't want to hear anything about mines; it wouldn't be at all good for you, I'm sure.
I did hear, too, that she takes a flyer in the Street now and then.
- (tr) to perceive (a sound) with the sense of hearing
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to listen todid you hear what I said?
- (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?
- law to give a hearing to (a case)
- (when intr, usually foll by of and used with a negative) to listen (to) with favour, assent, etcshe wouldn't hear of it
- (intr foll by from) to receive a letter, news, etc (from)
- hear! hear! an exclamation used to show approval of something said
- hear tell dialect to be told (about); learn (of)
Word Origin and History for hear
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!
- To perceive (sound) by the ear.