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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
hear of
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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.[verb + smby/smth + present participle ] She suddenly heard the door bang shut.[verb + smby/smth + bare infinitive ] I've never heard that aria sung so beautifully as it was sung last night.[verb + smby/smth + past participle ]
similar words:
perceive, sense
definition 2: to learn from someone's reporting or telling.
I heard that he married his high school sweetheart and never went to college.[verb + (that) + clause ] Did you hear the news about the earthquake?
similar words:
find out, receive, understand
definition 3: to experience (a sound recording or other auditory event) in its entirety through the use of one's ears.
Did you hear the President's speech last night?I hadn't heard that song in years.Have you heard their latest recording?
definition 4: to listen carefully and absorb the full meaning of.
He asks me things, but he never really hears what I have to say.[verb + WH/whether/if + clause ]
listen to
similar words:
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 some form of communication.
Have you heard about the plan to cut down these trees?He heard from his sister yesterday and she said their mother had had a bad fall.
similar words:
learn, speak with, talk to
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phrase: hear of
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.
  • 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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