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hear

hear

 
pronunciation:
hir
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hears, hearing, heard
definition 1: to perceive with the ears.
He heard the siren and pulled the car over to the curb.I heard a dog barking in the middle of the night.She suddenly heard the door bang shut.
 
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
perceive, sense
definition 2: to be informed about; learn.
I heard that he married his high school sweetheart and never went to college.Did you hear the news about the earthquake?
synonyms:
learn
similar words:
find out, receive, understand
definition 3: to listen to carefully.
He asks me things, but he never really hears what I have to say.
synonyms:
listen to
similar words:
heed
definition 4: to experience an event by perceiving it with your ears.
Did you hear the President's speech last night?I hadn't heard that song in years.
definition 5: to give formal audience to, esp. in a court of law.
The judge wouldn't hear our case.
similar words:
adjudicate, consider, try
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to have the ability to perceive sound.
His eyesight is still good, but he doesn't hear well these days.
definition 2: to receive information or greetings.
Have you heard about the plan to cut down these trees?He heard from his sister yesterday.
similar words:
learn, speak with, talk to
definition 3: to listen with agreement or consent (usu. fol. by "of").
He would not hear of my paying the check for dinner.
synonyms:
agree to, consent to, stand for, tolerate
similar words:
approve, consider
derivation: hearer (n.)
hear or listen?
We use hear when we are talking about the action of our ears as they receive sound. If a sound is loud enough and our ears can function, then we hear it. We use listen when we decide to hear something and then pay attention to it. But there is another meaning of hear, which is to experience something by using your ears. This meaning of hear may seem similar to the meaning of listen and can be confusing. When you listen to something, you are simply paying attention to the sounds that come to your ears, but when you hear something (in this meaning) you get knowledge and experience of a whole event, such as a song, a concert, a recording. If you've heard something, you know it and you can now talk about it.
Compare:
  • We can hear our neighbor's music in our apartment.
  • Come and listen to this song!
  • I can hear their conversation, but I'm not listening to it.
  • I never listen to the weather report.
  • We went to the theater to hear a concert.
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