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noun hearing pronunciation in British English /ˈhɪərɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] your ability to hear sounds
    My hearing has deteriorated as I’ve got older.
    hearing loss: Prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss.
  2. 2
    [countable] legal a meeting of a court of law or official organization to find out the facts about something
    A court hearing has been scheduled for 31 August.
    a disciplinary hearing
  3. 3
    [singular] an opportunity to give your opinions and ideas
    He shouldn’t expect a sympathetic hearing in Washington.
    fair hearing (=an occasion when people listen in a sympathetic way): We were given a very fair hearing.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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