hear: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hēr), [key]
— v., heard hear•ing.
- to perceive by the ear: Didn't you hear the doorbell?
- to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of: to hear news.
- to listen to; give or pay attention to: They refused to hear our side of the argument.
- to be among the audience at or of (something): to hear a recital.
- to give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly: to hear a case.
- to take or listen to the evidence or testimony of (someone): to hear the defendant.
- to listen to with favor, assent, or compliance.
- (of a computer) to perceive by speech recognition.
- to be capable of perceiving sound by the ear; have the faculty of perceiving sound vibrations.
- to receive information by the ear or otherwise: to hear from a friend.
- to listen with favor, assent, or compliance (often fol. by of&hasp;): I will not hear of your going.
- (of a computer) to be capable of perceiving by speech recognition.
- (used interjectionally in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech).
- hear (Thesaurus)