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[ heer-ing ]


  1. the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived.
  2. the act of perceiving sound.
  3. opportunity to be heard:

    to grant a hearing.

  4. an instance or a session in which testimony and arguments are presented, especially before an official, as a judge in a lawsuit.

    Synonyms: consultation, conference, audience

  5. a preliminary examination of the basic evidence and charges by a magistrate to determine whether criminal procedures, a trial, etc., are justified.
  6. earshot:

    Their conversation was beyond my hearing.


/ ˈhɪərɪŋ /


  1. the faculty or sense by which sound is perceived audio
  2. an opportunity to be listened to
  3. the range within which sound can be heard; earshot
  4. the investigation of a matter by a court of law, esp the preliminary inquiry into an indictable crime by magistrates
  5. a formal or official trial of an action or lawsuit

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Other Words From

  • hearing·less adjective
  • pre·hearing noun
  • un·hearing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hearing1

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; hear, -ing 1
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Example Sentences

Several city residents testified against it at a recent hearing that was focused on the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

Teachers should also warn hard-of-hearing students by announcing that they’re changing formats before they share their screen, Martinez says.

The test involving the new toy was also carried out by 20 volunteers with their own dogs, but these dogs didn’t show the ability to learn new names after few hearings.

The bill is still alive but it’s yet to face a committee hearing.

Bellows ordered prosecutors to inform Karau of any future hearings.

But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.

In January, an appeal hearing will determine whether he qualifies for post-conviction relief.

Or is it simply that what you are hearing and seeing about race in the media seems worse?

But at the same time, since Zimmerman, you've been hearing cases about officers killing black children—black men, Hispanic men.

I testified merely eight feet from this monster at a preliminary hearing.

It seems very strange that I shall actually know Liszt at last, after hearing of him so many years.

Finally, let me ask the general reader to put aside all prejudice, and give both sides a fair hearing.

The young lady, hearing his step, turned round and stood on the stair, confronting him fiercely.

He is simply hearing every tone, knowing exactly what effect he wishes to produce and how to do it.

At the store he would never have given in, but he was not accustomed to hearing so loud a murmur of approval greet the opposition.





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