hear

hear [ hır ] (past tense and past participle heard [ hɜrd ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 notice sound
▸ 2 receive information
▸ 3 listen to
▸ 4 understand (feeling)
▸ 5 about things said
▸ 6 in court of law
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) intransitive or transitive never progressive to realize that someone or something is making a sound:
He listened but heard nothing more.
Mary heard the sound of voices.
hear someone/something doing something: She heard the dog barking outside.
someone can/could hear: Shh, I can't hear.
hear what: No one could hear what she said.
hear someone/something do something: He heard the door slam.
2. ) intransitive or transitive not usually progressive to receive information about something:
Have you heard? Lucy passed the bar exam.
be pleased/sorry etc. to hear: I'm delighted to hear that you're coming.
hear (that): I heard he'd got a new job.
hear what/how etc.: I came home as soon as I heard what happened.
hear rumors/the news: We heard rumors that the school was going to close.
hear about: Did you hear about Jim's party?
hear of: We didn't hear of his death until many years later.
3. ) transitive to listen to someone who is speaking about a particular thing:
We'll meet again in two weeks, when I'll hear your suggestions.
hear what: We're all eager to hear what he has to say.
hear someone on something: All members are entitled to be heard on this matter.
a ) transitive not usually progressive to listen to something such as a speech, performance, or program:
I want to hear the news on the radio before I go.
Do you want to hear this story or not?
hear someone do something: He's got a great voice you should hear him sing.
4. ) transitive to notice that someone is feeling a particular way from the way that they are speaking:
He heard the bitterness in her voice.
a ) intransitive or transitive to understand what someone is saying to you:
You're not hearing me. I said I did want to go.
5. ) intransitive or transitive used for talking about the things that people say:
I'm surprised to hear you say that.
I haven't heard him offering to help (=he has not offered).
You won't hear me complain (=I won't complain).
be heard to remark/comment/say etc.: One visitor was heard to remark something about the entrance fee.
6. ) transitive if a court case is heard, it is dealt with by a court or judge:
The appeal will be heard by a single judge.
a ) if the court hears something, that is what is said in court:
The court heard that he had been drinking.
The jury heard evidence from his employees.
be hearing things
to think that you have heard something when you have not
can't hear yourself think
to be unable to hear because a place is very noisy
do you hear (me)?/you hear (me)? SPOKEN
used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially when you think someone is not paying attention:
I want this mess cleaned up now, do you hear?
from what I hear/from what I've heard SPOKEN
used for giving information based on what people have told you rather than what you know is true
have heard it (all) before SPOKEN
to not believe what someone is saying or not be impressed by it
have not heard the last of
used for saying that you think someone or something will continue to succeed or be famous, even though they have failed once
have you heard (the one) about?/did you hear about? SPOKEN
used when you are starting to tell a joke
Hear! Hear!
used for saying that you strongly agree with what someone has just said
hear ye or now hear this AMERICAN
an old phrase used for introducing an official spoken announcement, especially in a court
I hear SPOKEN or I've heard
1. ) used for introducing a subject that you want to discuss with someone that someone else has told you about:
I hear you're leaving us.
2. ) used for saying what someone has told you, rather than what you know is true:
I hear she's as tough as nails.
I hear you SPOKEN
1. ) I hear you or I hear what you're saying used for telling someone that you understand their opinion, especially when you disagree with it
2. ) AMERICAN used for agreeing with what someone says
I hear you say/cry MAINLY SPOKEN
used for saying what you think someone's opinion will be, so that you can give your reaction to it:
What about the cost, I hear you say.
I've heard about SPOKEN
used for saying that you know something about someone or something, usually something that is not very pleasant:
I've heard about people like you.
let's hear it SPOKEN
used for telling someone to say what they are thinking
let's hear it for SPOKEN
used for saying that you think someone or something deserves a lot of praise
make yourself heard
to say something loudly enough for people to hear
never hear the end/last of it
used for saying that someone will continue to talk about something they have achieved in a way that is annoying:
If he gets a date with Clare, we'll never hear the end of it.
not want to hear something
to not be willing to discuss or consider something:
I don't want to hear another word on the subject.
she'll/they'll etc. hear about it SPOKEN
used for saying that you will be angry with someone, and you will tell them this
`hear from phrasal verb transitive hear from someone
1. ) if you hear from someone, they write or call you:
It's years since I heard from Jill.
The police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the accident.
2. ) to listen to someone who is speaking about a particular thing:
The Commission heard from over thirty witnesses.
Next we'll hear from a listener in St. Paul.
she'll/they'll/you'll etc. hear from me SPOKEN
used for saying that you will be angry with someone, and you will tell them this:
He'd better apologize to you or he'll be hearing from me.
`hear of phrasal verb transitive
1. ) hear of someone to receive news about someone:
Not much was heard of him until his reappearance last night.
2. ) hear of something to find out that something has happened:
I was shocked to hear of his death.
have heard of
to know about the existence of someone or something:
It was James Bomford. Never heard of him!
Have you heard of WAP phones?
not hear of it
to refuse to accept a suggestion or offer:
I said he could stay with us, but he wouldn't hear of it.
,hear `out phrasal verb transitive
hear someone out to let someone finish what they are saying without interrupting:
I'm serious about this; hear me out, please.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • hear — W1S1 [hıə US hır] v past tense and past participle heard [hə:d US hə:rd] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(hear sounds/words etc)¦ 2¦(listen to somebody/something)¦ 3¦(be told something)¦ 4¦(in court)¦ 5 have heard of somebody/something 6 not hear the last of somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hear — (h[=e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Heard} (h[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hearing}.] [OE. heren, AS,. hi[ e]ran, h[=y]ran, h[=e]ran; akin to OS. h[=o]rian, OFries. hera, hora, D. hooren, OHG. h[=o]ren, G. h[ o]ren, Icel. heyra, Sw. h[ o]ra, Dan. hore,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hear — [hir] vt. heard [hʉrd] hearing [ME heren < OE hieran, akin to Ger hören (Goth hausjan) < IE base * keu , to notice, observe > L cavere, be on one s guard, Gr koein, to perceive, hear] 1. to perceive or sense (sounds), esp. through… …   English World dictionary

  • hear — O.E. heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (W.Saxon) to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge, from P.Gmc. *hausjan (Cf. O.N. heyra, O.Fris. hora, Du. horen, Ger. hören, Goth. hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous to hear (see ACOUSTIC …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hear — Hear, v. i. 1. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. The hearing ear. Prov. xx. 12. [1913 Webster] 2. To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen. [1913 Webster] So spake our mother… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hear — vt heard, hear·ing 1 a: to give a hearing to the court heard the claims the judge agreed to hear argument on the objection b: to conduct a hearing about the magistrate s authority to hear a matter properly before him 2 a …   Law dictionary

  • hear — ► VERB (past and past part. heard) 1) perceive (a sound) with the ear. 2) be told or informed of. 3) (have heard of) be aware of the existence of. 4) (hear from) receive a letter or phone call from. 5) listen or pay att …   English terms dictionary

  • hear — hear; hear·able; hear·er; hear·ing; mis·hear; re·hear; …   English syllables

  • Hear It Is — Álbum de The Flaming Lips Publicación 1986 Género(s) Punk rock Duración 44:22 Discográfica Restless Records, Pink Dust …   Wikipedia Español

  • Hear Me — Données clés Titre original 聽說 Réalisation Fen Fen Cheng Scénario Fen Fen Cheng Acteurs principaux Eddie Peng Ivy Chen Michelle Chen Lin Mei Shiu Sociétés de production Trigram Films …   Wikipédia en Français

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