hearing

[ heer-ing ]
/ ˈhɪər ɪŋ /

noun

the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
the act of perceiving sound.
opportunity to be heard: to grant a hearing.
an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, especially before an official, as a judge in a lawsuit.
a preliminary examination of the basic evidence and charges by a magistrate to determine whether criminal procedures, a trial, etc., are justified.
earshot: Their conversation was beyond my hearing.

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Origin of hearing

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at hear, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM hearing

hear·ing·less, adjectivepre·hear·ing, nounun·hear·ing, adjective

Definition for hearing (2 of 2)

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM hear

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hear

hear hereheard herd
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British Dictionary definitions for hearing (1 of 2)

hearing
/ (ˈhɪərɪŋ) /

noun

the faculty or sense by which sound is perceivedRelated adjective: audio
an opportunity to be listened to
the range within which sound can be heard; earshot
the investigation of a matter by a court of law, esp the preliminary inquiry into an indictable crime by magistrates
a formal or official trial of an action or lawsuit

British Dictionary definitions for hearing (2 of 2)

hear
/ (hɪə) /

verb hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)

Derived forms of hear

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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Medical definitions for hearing (1 of 2)

hearing
[ hîrĭng ]

n.

The sense by which sound is perceived; the capacity to hear.

Medical definitions for hearing (2 of 2)

hear
[ hîr ]

v.

To perceive (sound) by the ear.
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Idioms and Phrases with hearing

hear

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