hear

[ heer ]
/ hɪər /

verb (used with object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.

verb (used without object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.

Origin of hear

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)

SYNONYMS FOR hear

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.

Related forms

Can be confused

hear hereheard herd
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British Dictionary definitions for hear of

hear

/ (hɪə) /

verb hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)

Derived Forms

hearable, adjectivehearer, noun

Word Origin for hear

Old English hieran; related to Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan, Old High German hōren, Greek akouein
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Medicine definitions for hear of

hear

[ hîr ]

v.

To perceive (sound) by the ear.
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Idioms and Phrases with hear of (1 of 2)

hear of


Be informed about, as in I'd never heard of that jazz singer before, but she was very good. [Late 1500s] Also see not have it (hear of it).

Idioms and Phrases with hear of (2 of 2)

hear


In addition to the idioms beginning with hear

  • hear a peep out of
  • hear a pin drop, can
  • hear from
  • hear of
  • hear oneself think, can't
  • hear out

also see:

  • another county heard from
  • hard of hearing
  • never hear the end of
  • not have it (hear of it)
  • unheard of
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