Definition of Hear

1. Verb. Perceive (sound) via the auditory sense. "They will hear the duet"

Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Specialized synonyms: Catch, Overhear, Take In, Catch, Get
Derivative terms: Hearable, Hearing

2. Verb. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally. "They hear that there was a traffic accident "; "I see that you have been promoted"
Exact synonyms: Discover, Find Out, Get A Line, Get Wind, Get Word, Learn, Pick Up, See
Specialized synonyms: Get The Goods, Wise Up, Catch, Trip Up, Ascertain, Discover, Find
Related verbs: Find, See, Witness
Derivative terms: Discovery, Discovery, Discovery

3. Verb. Examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process. "The case will be tried in California"
Exact synonyms: Try
Generic synonyms: Examine, Probe
Specialized synonyms: Rehear, Retry
Derivative terms: Hearing, Trier

4. Verb. Receive a communication from someone. "We heard nothing from our son for five years"
Generic synonyms: Pick Up, Receive

5. Verb. Listen and pay attention. "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"
Exact synonyms: Listen, Take Heed
Generic synonyms: Center, Centre, Concentrate, Focus, Pore, Rivet
Specialized synonyms: Incline
Derivative terms: Hearer, Hearing, Listener, Listening

Definition of Hear

1. v. t. To perceive by the ear; to apprehend or take cognizance of by the ear; as, to hear sounds; to hear a voice; to hear one call.

2. v. i. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound.

Definition of Hear

1. Verb. (intransitive) To have the faculty of being able to perceive sounds, through the ear. (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To perceive (a sound, or something producing a sound) with the ear, to recognize (something) in an auditory way. (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To excercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To receive information about; to come to learn of. (defdate from 10th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To listen to (a person, case) in a court of law; to try. (defdate from 12th c.) ¹

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Definition of Hear

1. to perceive by the ear [v HEARD, HEARING, HEARS] : HEARABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Hear

1. To perceive sounds; denoting the function of the ear. Origin: A.S. Heran (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hear

hear (current term)
hear, hear
hear both sides
hear of
hear on the grapevine
hear out
hear things
hear through the grapevine
hear ye

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