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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhear of
he/she/ithears of
present participlehearing of
past tenseheard of
past participleheard of
  1. 1
    hear of something to find out that something has happened

    I was shocked to hear of his death.

  2. 2
    hear of someone to receive news about someone

    Not much was heard of him until his reappearance last night.

  3. 3
    have heard of to know about the existence of someone or something

    ‘The author’s name was James Bomford.’ ‘Never heard of him!’

    Have you heard of WAP phones?

  4. 4
    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.

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