from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To perceive (sound) by the ear: Can you hear the signal?
- transitive v. To learn by hearing; be told by others: I heard she got married.
- transitive v. To listen to attentively: Hear what I have to tell you.
- transitive v. To listen to in an official, professional, or formal capacity: heard the last witness in the afternoon.
- transitive v. To listen to and consider favorably: Lord, hear my prayer!
- transitive v. To attend or participate in: hear Mass.
- intransitive v. To be capable of perceiving sound.
- intransitive v. To receive news or information; learn: I heard about your accident.
- intransitive v. To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative: I won't hear of your going!
- hear from To get a letter, telephone call, or transmitted communication from.
- hear from To be reprimanded by: If you don't do your homework, you're going to hear from me.
- idiom hear, hear Used to express approval.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To perceive by the ear; to apprehend or take cognizance of by the ear
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper
- transitive v. To give attention to as a teacher or judge.
- transitive v. To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and answer favorably; to favor.
- intransitive v. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound.
- intransitive v. To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.
- intransitive v. To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to receive information by report or by letter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To perceive by the ear; receive an impression of through the auditory sense; take cognizance of by harkening.
- To pay regard to by listening; give ear to; give audience to; mark and consider what is said by; listen to for the purpose of learning, awarding, judging, determining, etc.: as, to hear prayer; to hear a lesson or an argument; to hear an advocate or a cause, as a judge.
- To listen to understandingly; learn or comprehend by harkening; hence, to learn by verbal statement or report.
- To be a hearer of; attend usually the ministrations of: as, what minister do you hear?
- To be called.
- To possess the sense of hearing; have that form of sense-perception which is dependent on the ear.
- To listen; harken; give heed.
- To be told; learn by report: as, so I hear.
- To be heard, or heard of; be reported.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
- v. perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
- v. examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
- v. receive a communication from someone
- v. listen and pay attention
Middle English hearen, Old English hīeran; see kous- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hȳran ("to hear"). (Wiktionary)