Definitions for: Hear


[v] get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"
[v] receive a communication from someone; "We heard nothing from our son for five years"
[v] perceive sound; perceive by the auditory sense
[v] listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"
[v] examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Heard; p. pr. & vb. n.
Hearing.] [OE. heren, AS,. hi['e]ran, h?ran, h?ran; akin to
OS. h?rian, OFries. hera, hora, D. hooren, OHG. h?ren, G.
h["o]ren, Icel. heyra, Sw: h["o]ra, Dan. hore, Goth. hausjan,
and perh. to Gr. ?, E. acoustic. Cf. Hark, Hearken.]
1. To perceive by the ear; to apprehend or take cognizance of
by the ear; as, to hear sounds; to hear a voice; to hear
one call.

Lay thine ear close to the ground, and list if thou
canst hear the tread of travelers. --Shak.

He had been heard to utter an ominous growl.
--Macaulay.

2. To give audience or attention to; to listen to; to heed;
to accept the doctrines or advice of; to obey; to examine;
to try in a judicial court; as, to hear a recitation; to
hear a class; the case will be heard to-morrow.

3. To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper; as,
to hear a concert; to hear Mass.

4. To give attention to as a teacher or judge.

Thy matters are good and right, but there is no man
deputed of the king to hear thee. --2 Sam. xv.
3.

I beseech your honor to hear me one single word.
--Shak.

5. To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and
answer favorably; to favor.

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice.
--Ps. cxvi. 1.

They think that they shall be heard for their much
speaking. --Matt. vi. 7.

Hear him. See Remark, under Hear, v. i.

To hear a bird sing, to receive private communication.
[Colloq.] --Shak.

To hear say, to hear one say; to learn by common report; to
receive by rumor. [Colloq.]


Hear, v. i.
1. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. ``The
Hearing ear.'' --Prov. xx. 12.

2. To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or
apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.

So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard, Well
pleased, but answered not. --Milton.

3. To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to
receive information by report or by letter.

I have heard, sir, of such a man. --Shak.

I must hear from thee every day in the hour. --Shak.

To hear ill, to be blamed. [Obs.]

Not only within his own camp, but also now at Rome,
he heard ill for his temporizing and slow
proceedings. --Holland.

To hear well, to be praised. [Obs.]

Note: Hear, or Hear him, is often used in the imperative,
especially in the course of a speech in English
assemblies, to call attention to the words of the
speaker.

Hear him, . . . a cry indicative, according to
the tone, of admiration, acquiescence,
indignation, or derision. --Macaulay.

Synonyms: discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, learn, listen, pick up, see, take heed, try

See Also: ascertain, catch, catch, center, centre, comprehend, concentrate, examine, find, focus, get, incline, overhear, perceive, pick up, pore, probe, receive, rehear, retry, rivet, take in, trip up, wise up

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