hear Definition

  • 1to perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)
  • 2to listen to (someone or something)
  • 3to be told (something)
  • 4to be informed or aware of (something)
  • 5to be called upon to adjudicate on or to listen to evidence or argument

Using hear: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hear" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I can't hear what you're saying.

  • Example

    I heard a strange noise in the night.

  • Example

    I heard that you're moving to a new city.

  • Example

    Have you heard the news about the election?

  • Example

    The judge will hear the case tomorrow.

hear Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for hear

Idioms Using hear

  • to be ignored or disregarded, typically used for requests or advice that are not heeded


    I've been telling him to quit smoking for years, but it falls on deaf ears.

  • to have a natural ability to recognize and distinguish sounds or music


    She has a good ear for languages and can pick up new words quickly.

  • play it by ear

    to handle a situation without a definite plan, improvising as one goes along


    We don't have a set schedule for the trip; we'll just play it by ear.

Phrases with hear

  • to receive communication from someone, especially by letter or telephone


    I haven't heard from my sister in weeks.

  • to listen to someone's entire argument or explanation before making a judgment or decision


    I want to hear you out before I make a decision.

  • to learn information indirectly or through rumors


    I heard through the grapevine that they're getting a divorce.

Origins of hear

from Old English 'hieran'


Summary: hear in Brief

The verb 'hear' [hษชr] means to perceive sound, listen to someone or something, be informed or aware of something, or adjudicate or listen to evidence or argument. Examples include 'I can't hear what you're saying,' 'Have you heard the news about the election?' and 'The judge will hear the case tomorrow.' Phrases include 'hear from,' 'hear out,' and 'hear through the grapevine.' Idioms include 'fall on deaf ears,' 'have a good ear for something,' and 'play it by ear.'

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