• (RP) IPA: /hɪə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /hɪɹ/
  • (Wales) IPA: /hjɜː/

hear (hears, present participle hearing; past and past participle heard)

  1. (intransitive, stative) To perceive sounds through the ear. [from 10th c.]
    I was deaf, and now I can hear.
  2. (transitive, stative) To perceive (a sound, or something producing a sound) with the ear, to recognize (something) in an auditory way. [from 10th c.]
    I heard a sound from outside the window.
  3. (transitive) To exercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. [from 10th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of John X:
      Agayne there was dissencion amonge the iewes for these sayinges, and many of them sayd: He hath the devyll, and is madde: why heare ye hym?
  4. (transitive) To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). [from 10th c.]
    Eventually the king chose to hear her entreaties.
  5. (transitive) To receive information about; to come to learn of. [from 10th c.]
  6. (with from) To be contacted by.
  7. (transitive) To listen to (a person, case) in a court of law; to try. [from 12th c.]
    Your case will be heard at the end of the month.
  8. (transitive, informal) To sympathize with; to understand the feelings or opinion of.
    You're tired of all the ads on TV? I hear ya.
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