Hear

Definition of Hear

Pronunciation: hēr
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Heard (hẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hearing.]
Lay thine ear close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the tread of travelers.
- Shak.
He had been heard to utter an ominous growl.
- Macaulay.
2.To give audience or attention to; to listen to; to heed; to accept the doctrines or advice of; to obey; to examine; to try in a judicial court; as, to hear a recitation; to hear a class; the case will be heard to-morrow.
3.To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper; as, to hear a concert; to hear Mass.
4.To give attention to as a teacher or judge.
Thy matters are good and right, but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
- 2 Sam. xv. 3.
I beseech your honor to hear me one single word.
- Shak.
5.To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and answer favorably; to favor.
I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice.
- Ps. cxvi. 1.
They think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- Matt. vi. 7.
Hear him
See Remark, under Hear, v. i.
To hear a bird sing
to receive private communication.
To hear say
to hear one say; to learn by common report; to receive by rumor.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound.
2.To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard,
Well pleased, but answered not.
- Milton.
3.To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to receive information by report or by letter.
I have heard, sir, of such a man.
- Shak.
I must hear from thee every day in the hour.
- Shak.
To hear ill
to be blamed.
To hear well
to be praised.

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