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verb hear pronunciation in American English /hɪr/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehearing
past tenseheard
past participleheard
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/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.
    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. 2
    [intransitive/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 has 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. 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.
    1. 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. 4
    [transitive] to notice that someone is affected by a particular feeling from the way that they are speaking
    He heard the bitterness in her voice.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to understand what someone is saying to you
      You’re not hearing me. I said I did want to go.
  5. 5
    [intransitive/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. 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.
    1. a.
      if a 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.




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