[ heer ]
/ hɪər /
verb (used with object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), heard [hurd] /hɜrd/, hear·ing.
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).
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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.
7 regard, heed.
hear·a·ble, adjectivehear·er, nounhalf-heard, adjectiveout·hear, verb (used with object), out·heard, out·hear·ing.
re·hear, verb, re·heard, re·hear·ing.un·hear·a·ble, adjectivewell-heard, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hearable
/ (hɪə) /
verb hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)
(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)
Derived Formshearable, 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 hearable
[ hîr ]
To perceive (sound) by the ear.
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Idioms and Phrases with hearable
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
- another county heard from
- hard of hearing
- never hear the end of
- not have it (hear of it)
- unheard of
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