from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To perceive (sound) by the ear.
  • intransitive verb To learn by hearing; be told by others.
  • intransitive verb To listen to (something) attentively or in an official capacity, as in a court.
  • intransitive verb To listen to and consider favorably.
  • intransitive verb To attend or participate in.
  • intransitive verb To be capable of perceiving sound.
  • intransitive verb To receive news or information; learn.
  • intransitive verb To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative.
  • idiom (hear, hear) Used to express approval.
  • idiom (never hear the end of) To be complained to or told about (something) repeatedly or for a long time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound.
  • intransitive verb To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.
  • intransitive verb To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to receive information by report or by letter.
  • intransitive verb [Obs.] to be blamed.
  • intransitive verb [Obs.] to be praised.
  • transitive verb To perceive by the ear; to apprehend or take cognizance of by the ear
  • transitive verb 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 verb To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper
  • transitive verb To give attention to as a teacher or judge.
  • transitive verb To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and answer favorably; to favor.
  • transitive verb See Remark, under Hear, v. i.
  • transitive verb [Colloq.] to receive private communication.
  • transitive verb [Colloq.] to hear one say; to learn by common report; to receive by rumor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
  • verb perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
  • verb examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
  • verb receive a communication from someone
  • verb listen and pay attention


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English hearen, Old English hīeran; see kous- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English hȳran ("to hear").


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    truly, those shorts are an unfortunate choice. - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger? 2009

  • 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 Robert Browning 1850

  • 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 1823

  • 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 Ludwig van Beethoven 1798

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

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies Samuel Johnson 1746

  • _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 Percival Jackson

  • 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.

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  • 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 2006

  • 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 Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton 1838

  • 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 — Book 03 Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton 1838


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