Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Oooh tankee! da fann wil bee muchly apreesheatted dis weakind. sposed ta gits reely hawt hear – inna 90′s *das mayjor HAWT hear*

    truly, those shorts are an unfortunate choice. - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Oh, my own Ba, hear _my_ plain speech -- and how this is _not_ an attempt to frighten you out of your dear wish to '_hear_ from me' -- no, indeed -- but a whim, a caprice, -- and now it is out! over, done with!

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846

  • But yet hear me, � hear with patience; �hear me with that unprejudiced reason which is as much your distinction as your beauty or your virtue.

    Isabella. A Novel

  • These verses are truly beautiful, with the exception of one fault that we often find in poets, which is, their being misled by Fancy to believe that they really do see and hear _what they wish to see and hear_, and yet even this is far below their ideal.

    Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1

  • _Word of denial in_ my _Labra's_ hear; that is, _hear_ the word of denial in my _lips.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • _understand_, but the _endeavour_ to find God in the Bible depends on ourselves: our Lord has described it in the words _He that hath ears to hear let him hear_.

    The Prayer Book Explained

  • Some people make little home videos of their performances, I make audio recordings just using my laptop just to hear it and feel like I understand what’s going on with vocal qualities- it’s weird and uncomfortable to watch/listen to yourself sometimes, though, so mirrors are good to watch yourself, but sometimes it’s good to actually *hear* what you’re doing.

    Performance Advice « Inky

  • Well, there are some problems with Pop Occulture’s analysis … first of all, SChizophrenia - the reason schizophrenics hear voices and don’t recognize thema s coming form themselves is because the voices occur in a part of the brain that processes hearing - thatis to say, they really do *hear* voices or whatever.

    Mishegaas | Jewschool

  • I call for a reply, -- I have a right to demand a reply, "Lumley was startled to hear the tone in which his chief uttered the comprehensive and significant" _Hear, hear_! "

    Alice, or the Mysteries — Complete

  • And pray what did you hear and see, sir? "continued the old woman, opening the shutters, and admitting a blaze of sunshine, as if determined that at all events he should now both _hear_ and _see_.

    Newton Forster The Merchant Service

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