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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hear
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a court hears a case
▪ The county court will hear the case next month.
a hearing aid
▪ Many of the older residents wear hearing aids.
a hearing problem
▪ There are special telephones for people with hearing problems.
a hearing test
▪ I went for a hearing test last week.
alarmed to see/hear etc
▪ He was alarmed to discover that his car was gone.
astonished to see/find/hear/learn etc
▪ We were astonished to find the temple still in its original condition.
be gratified to see/hear/learn etc
▪ John was gratified to see the improvement in his mother’s health.
curious to know/see/hear etc
▪ Mandy was curious to know what happened.
disappointed to hear/see/find etc
▪ Visitors were disappointed to find the museum closed.
disciplinary hearing/committee (=a meeting or group that decides if someone should be punished)
fair trial/hearing
▪ the right to a fair trial
fascinated to see/hear/learn etc
▪ Ed was fascinated to see gorillas in the wild.
glad to see/hear etc
▪ I’m glad to see you looking so well.
hard of hearing
Have you heard the one about
Have you heard the one about the chicken who tried to cross the road?
hear a click
▪ She heard a click, and then the line went dead.
hear a noise
▪ She heard a strange noise.
hear a programme
▪ I heard an interesting programme on the radio yesterday.
hear a rumour
▪ I heard a rumour that she was leaving.
hear a sound
▪ She heard the sound of a car starting.
hear a story (also listen to a story)
▪ I’ve heard that story a hundred times.
hear a view (also listen to a view)
▪ a chance to hear people’s views on a range of different subjects
hear an announcement
▪ Everyone was shocked when they heard the announcement.
hear an appeal (=listen to all the facts)
▪ The FA will hear Chelsea's appeal against the fine next week.
hear an explosion
▪ Marie was reading in bed when she heard the explosion.
hear gossip
▪ Have you heard the latest gossip about Steve?
hear sb's prayer
▪ God must have heard my prayers.
hear sth on the radio
▪ I heard on the radio that the weather was going to get warmer.
hear the news (=hear about something that has happened)
▪ She was really upset when she heard the news.
heard nothing
▪ We’ve heard nothing from her for weeks.
heard...footsteps
▪ He heard someone’s footsteps in the hall.
heard...second hand
▪ It may not be true – I only heard it second hand.
hearing aid
hearing loss
▪ a type of hearing loss that affects language development
hear/try a case (=listen to the evidence before making a judgment)
▪ The case will be heard by a federal judge.
horrified to see/hear/find etc
▪ She was horrified to discover that he loved Rose.
interested to hear/know/see etc
▪ I’d be very interested to hear your opinion.
it is disheartening to hear/see etc sth
▪ It’s disheartening to see what little progress has been made.
lose your sight/hearing/voice/balance etc
▪ Mr Eyer may lose the sight in one eye.
▪ The tour was postponed when the lead singer lost his voice.
▪ Julian lost his balance and fell.
mortified to hear/find etc
▪ Nora was mortified to discover that her daughter had been out drinking.
overjoyed to hear/find/see etc sth
▪ He was overjoyed to see his mother again.
pleased to hear/see/report etc
▪ I’m pleased to tell you that you’ve got the job.
restore sb’s sight/hearing (=make someone who cannot hear or who is blind, hear or see again)
shock sb to hear/learn/discover etc that
▪ They had been shocked to hear that the hospital was closing down.
▪ It shocked me to think how close we had come to being killed.
sorry to hear/see/learn
▪ I was sorry to hear about your accident.
the jury hears sth (=is told information about a crime)
▪ The jury heard how the attack followed an argument in a bar.
visually/hearing/mentally etc impaired (=used to describe someone who cannot see, hear etc well)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
about
▪ Doyle confirms this: Most of the good songs which I heard about came to me that way.
▪ There was a time when I heard about good things only.
▪ I think I heard about thirty.
▪ Almost everything you read or hear about Lent refers to its being a 40-day period.
▪ The children come home with news - some one's been sick, and so on - that you probably wouldn't hear about otherwise.
▪ It seems people want to write and hear about bad, negative things.
▪ Many riders we hear about seem unjustifiably timid about taking themselves and their horses off across the countryside.
▪ And yet you never hear about one sect of Baywatchers violently terrorizing another.
ever
▪ Did you ever hear such dopey names?
▪ Jasper did not interrupt, me or anyone else, that I ever heard.
▪ Shakespear's Sister took to the stage to what must be the worst intro tape I've ever heard.
▪ The first time I ever heard him laugh.
▪ The crowded church was silent for a few seconds at these words no citizen of Decin had ever heard before.
▪ Understandably, few had ever heard of Max Weber.
▪ Ain't you ever heard of taking people out of themselves?
▪ All we ever heard was that the woman has to be submissive.
first
▪ Louise said she first heard about her the day you were leaving school.
▪ Maybe the child who had first heard that story would use that phrase, but not the scientist talking to me now.
▪ It was in the mighty theophany at Mount Sinai that they first heard his word of life.
▪ Bernstein had first heard this in late August from a reporter on an-other newspaper.
▪ Baker was first heard no record in a public jam session of 1941 and quickly established an unbeatable reputation in London clubs.
▪ Robinson first heard the Vocaleers when they came in second at the Apollo amateur night.
▪ The Ravel was made by the composer in 1921, and was, in fact, first heard in this arrangement.
▪ The thing I like about this theory is that when people first hear about it they laugh.
never
▪ The Magellan party was never heard from again.
▪ That smoke rising from the chimney, for example, has never heard of time, space, qualities, or quantities.
▪ I've never heard you swear in my life.
▪ Best player you never heard of.
▪ He had never heard anyone give more orders than his present Bishop and he dearly wanted to try his hand.
▪ But I never heard anything like Rudy.
▪ I never heard his wife or son exchange more than a few words with him.
▪ We never see Sissie, never hear from her again.
■ NOUN
case
▪ We heard of a case in which an unfortunate man accidentally swallowed one.
▪ The preliminary hearing in the case began Monday.
▪ Two days before it started grenades were thrown at the home of one of the judges hearing the case.
▪ The courts hear about 40-45 cases a day.
▪ A key question for the court is whether Jackson held his views about Microsoft before he began hearing the case.
▪ We have heard cases of players being offered £5,000 to change clubs.
court
▪ The court had heard Mrs Fitchew's travel agency business had failed and her home was about to be repossessed.
▪ The high court heard oral arguments today in a case that, in effect, seeks to throw out the census numbers.
▪ Left to die: Court hears of twins' death in barn fire.
▪ A court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14.
▪ But a breath test revealed an alcohol content of 88 milligrammes - more than twice the limit, the court in Pontefract heard.
▪ The court has heard how some couples lost their life savings after investing with a financial advisory service run by Christopher How.
▪ The high court will hear arguments in the case later this year.
door
▪ We stay with William-and just hear the door open and a voice come down the corridor.
▪ And they heard a door slam inside.
▪ She didn't hear the door open or feel the hands that eased her to her feet.
▪ A few moments later, I heard the front door shut.
▪ He heard footsteps passing his door as some one made their way home.
▪ When he heard the heavy doors open, the loud voices, he knew what to expect.
▪ Then she heard an outer door close, and guessed that refreshment had been delivered.
footstep
▪ An then, miraculously, she heard footsteps and, looking round, saw a woman approaching.
▪ At the second house, he hears music and footsteps behind the door, but no one answers.
▪ She hadn't heard his footsteps.
▪ Guards shouted in the corridor where she heard frequent footsteps.
▪ No doubt if she had been less absorbed, she would have heard the footsteps ring out into the frosty night behind her.
▪ I heard footsteps and then Sonya opened the door without unhooking the chain, just enough to check me out.
▪ At about three o'clock in the morning we heard the sound of footsteps outside the bedroom.
▪ He heard footsteps walking around in the room above and then descending the stairs.
music
▪ Tony did not often hear music.
▪ At the second house, he hears music and footsteps behind the door, but no one answers.
▪ His family was poor, and poor people did not often hear music.
▪ They come to hear music and end up mingling with a lot of people they may not mingle with in everyday life.
▪ I wanted to hear some music, I said.
▪ George once had a patient who heard Led Zeppelin music each time a particular temporal lobe site was stimulated.
▪ She said something he could not hear and the music ceased.
▪ You hear muted music, the lower octaves from an organ.
news
▪ We're waiting to hear the News.
▪ We sat with the parents whose children were in that class as they waited to hear the news.
▪ Bill had heard the news that morning when he arrived at school.
▪ Like some one who has just heard the news of a death, Tom thought.
▪ She would hear any news that mattered.
▪ Then you hear the news, and it's, well, unbelievable.
▪ If it was the hospital, she realised she was terrified to hear the news.
▪ Immediately on hearing the news from Pat Buchanan he had gone into his hideaway study.
noise
▪ And beneath his feet Hencke could hear the terrifying noise of water beginning to slop its way through the bilges.
▪ It was sweet to hear the noise.
▪ In the distance they heard the noise of the horn.
▪ On hearing a noise, he and Barnabas sat straight up, seeing only a silhouette in the doorway.
▪ For about ten minutes everything was quiet, but suddenly I heard a noise on my side of the moat.
▪ As she heard the noise of the front door slamming she awoke with a feeling of relief.
▪ Turn out the lights, they hear rustling noises downstairs: a gang of cauliflower trying the back door.
sound
▪ Instead he could hear a roaring sound of blood in his ears.
▪ Upon hearing its sound, she groaned.
▪ Now he heard a low whistling sound which seemed to come from the rear of the box.
▪ Primo hears a sound that could be a car, miles from them, moving slowly through the city.
▪ As we dozed off, we heard the sound of approaching footsteps and voices, which jerked us quickly back to life.
▪ Because you can almost hear the sound of consumer prices falling all over the country.
▪ Nothing was heard apart from the sound of lead boots walking up and down or the revving of a motorbike.
▪ I heard the sound of the train whistle as the train pulled into Montpelier Junction.
story
▪ I had heard the story before, along with another one reputedly originating from the same school.
▪ I came to quite another conclusion after hearing the stories of their lives.
▪ I expect her to shout at me, having heard an alternative story from Teddy.
▪ She just liked to hear the story.
▪ She'd heard stories about people being attacked and their handbags stolen and so decided not to walk across town alone.
▪ I heard this story from my father a lot.
▪ We heard the story of the bear later.
▪ Hundreds of area schoolchildren have heard her story.
voice
▪ He could hear her voice talking softly now, from inside Chrissy's room.
▪ What did he hear in her voice?
▪ It was then Gedanken realized that all along she had been hearing the voices of the beetles over a loudspeaker.
▪ Presently, in the prison silences of Yeravda Temple, the Mahatma heard that still small voice calling him to action.
▪ For a moment she did not hear the voices around her.
▪ And when I closed my eyes, I heard her voice.
▪ Sleep, he heard a voice say, close by his ear.
▪ Roland heard her voice again, remembered all that had happened, and fell for his first love.
word
▪ Peter had heard every word that the policemen had said.
▪ I knew what cancer was long before I heard the word.
▪ She heard again every word he had spoken; she reconstructed his face, his body, his clothes.
▪ After that, and to this day, I never heard another word from her.
▪ If you are literary or verbal, you might it hear words.
▪ Haven't heard a word about that lately.
▪ Some language learners also find it easier to hear e.g. a word initial sound at a predictable point in a frame.
▪ Still Ralph heard every word of every speech as though it were the crystalline note of an ice chime.
■ VERB
like
▪ Some of the time he is clearly telling me what he thinks I would like to hear.
▪ Or would you first like to hear about the Old Folks' Open and the eloquence of its surprise winner?
▪ I'd like to hear why you're on the run.
▪ I'd like to hear more about the rationale for such decals.
▪ I would like to hear from anybody who has undertaken the DipSW.
▪ It was a rousing speech-the kind of speech that Roosevelt liked to hear.
▪ I'd like to hear what came out.
▪ Would you like to hear it? ... I shall take your glowering silence to indicate you would.
want
▪ But I want to hear it all.
▪ No one ever wants to hear about the painful parts of my past.
▪ And knew, with a sinking heart, that there wasn't a single one he wanted to hear.
▪ More than anything else, teenage girls want to be heard.
▪ He did not want to have to speak for he did not want to hear the sound of his own voice.
▪ I want to hear about jobs.
▪ We want to hear your views about any issue affecting the countryside.
▪ If you want to hear it, you have to drive it.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(hear the sound of) wedding bells
be to be seen/found/heard etc
▪ A comparable tendency is to be found in the theatre.
▪ A similar situation is to be found in other regions of the world.
▪ Further comments on attaching priorities to different subjects and to different levels of material are to be found in Chapter 3.
▪ He was to be found lurking in the band's dressing room whenever they ventured into Mancunian territory, which was often.
▪ It was to be found in the libraries of other leading Virginians: Lord Botetourt, Thos.
▪ She and two of the Aussies then proceeded to the next floor where guest bedrooms were to be found.
▪ The only reference to sustainable development was to be found in paragraph two hundred and thirteen.
▪ These words, in his own hand, are to be found, framed, inside the hall.
children should be seen and not heard
hear sth on the grapevine
in/within sb's hearing
it does your heart good to see/hear sth
make yourself heard/understood/known etc
▪ As we will soon see, the inability to make oneself understood properly was at the root of the crisis in Vicos.
▪ But only one side was making itself heard.
▪ Hardly a practicable solution when she didn't even know if she could make herself understood.
▪ He makes himself known with a tiny, metallic clink-clink-clink from within the bushes.
▪ I yelled to make myself heard above the deafening roar of the wind and the sea.
▪ To leave was to admit defeat in this peculiar ritual of making myself known.
▪ Yet lay people had almost no way of making themselves heard in Rome.
mental/visual/cognitive/hearing etc impairment
▪ An artist who has a visual impairment, working with and not against its limitations.
▪ Five years after his illness began the patient complained of progressive visual impairment.
▪ Hearing checks are essential as conductive hearing impairment is very frequent in young children.
▪ However, visual impairment does seem to be related to both anxiety and depression.
▪ Nausea, visual impairment, or headache occasionally occur.
▪ The authors recognise the many methodological problems in studying disabilities that may result from hearing impairment.
▪ The complete lack of cognitive improvements leads them to suggest that cognitive impairment is intrinsically associated with long-term morbidity in schizophrenia.
▪ This is one reason why hearing impairment in childhood is totally different from hearing loss in adult life.
not hear a dickybird
not hear/understand/believe a word
▪ Do not believe a word of it.
▪ For the rest of the journey Maria prattled on about Bradford, but Ruth did not hear a word.
▪ However, it also shows that they are not very useful, for Hera did not believe a word of it.
▪ I kept it up until I was certain you were not hearing a word.
▪ To date I've not heard word one about such a plague in the Czech Republic.
▪ We had not heard a word about my father all this time.
sb hasn't heard the last of sb/sth
sb will never hear the last of sth
the first I knew/heard
▪ And yet these hills are the first I knew and loved.
▪ It was the first I knew about it.
the hard of hearing
the last I heard
▪ I had a feeling it would be the last I heard of him.
▪ She came and collected the keys, and that was the last I heard from her.
you could hear a pin drop
you should have seen/heard sth
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ "Nina's quit her job." "Yes, so I've heard."
▪ Did you hear that noise?
▪ Did you hear them announce the result?
▪ Didn't you hear when I called you?
▪ Grandma doesn't hear as well as she used to.
▪ How did you hear about our company?
▪ I hear you're moving to Toronto.
▪ I heard a great new song on the radio.
▪ I heard a rumor that Katya was coming back.
▪ I heard the front door close, and knew that Bob had left for work.
▪ I could have sworn I heard the phone ringing.
▪ I love to hear a baby laugh like that.
▪ I suppose you've heard what happened.
▪ Jeff, did you hear what I said?
▪ Neighbours heard the child screaming and called the police.
▪ Say that again -- I didn't hear you.
▪ She called after him but he kept on walking and pretended not to hear.
▪ Sorry, Mary, but I couldn't hear a word you said.
▪ Suddenly we heard a knock at the door.
▪ We've heard such a lot about you from our daughter.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Conservative and radical scientific ideas were disseminated from Paris by naturalists and anatomists returning home inspired by what they had heard.
▪ He heard him speak to some one in the background.
▪ He and Richard must have heard about these things but in general they had failed to register.
▪ It seems people want to write and hear about bad, negative things.
▪ Occasional gunshots can still be heard, though no one seems to know who fires the guns and if anyone is hit.
▪ What would Maya like to hear?
▪ When I hear you talk, Michael, I hear myself at your age.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hear

Hear \Hear\ (h[=e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Heard (h[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Hearing.] [OE. heren, AS,. hi['e]ran, h[=y]ran, h[=e]ran; akin to OS. h[=o]rian, OFries. hera, hora, D. hooren, OHG. h[=o]ren, G. h["o]ren, Icel. heyra, Sw. h["o]ra, Dan. hore, Goth. hausjan, and perh. to Gr. 'akoy`ein, E. acoustic. Cf. Hark, Hearken.]

  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.

    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. [Colloq.]
    --Shak.

    To hear say, to hear one say; to learn by common report; to receive by rumor. [Colloq.]

Hear

Hear \Hear\, v. i.

  1. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. ``The hearing ear.''
    --Prov. xx. 1

  2. 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. [Obs.]

    Not only within his own camp, but also now at Rome, he heard ill for his temporizing and slow proceedings.
    --Holland.

    To hear well, to be praised. [Obs.]

    Note: Hear, or Hear him, is often used in the imperative, especially in the course of a speech in English assemblies, to call attention to the words of the speaker.

    Hear him, . . . a cry indicative, according to the tone, of admiration, acquiescence, indignation, or derision.
    --Macaulay.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hear

Old English heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (West Saxon) "to hear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge," from Proto-Germanic *hauzjan (cognates: Old Norse heyra, Old Frisian hora, Dutch horen, German hören, Gothic hausjan), perhaps from PIE *kous- "to hear" (see acoustic). The shift from *-z- to -r- is a regular feature in some Germanic languages.\n

\nFor spelling, see head (n.); spelling distinction between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Old English also had the excellent adjective hiersum "ready to hear, obedient," literally "hear-some" with suffix from handsome, etc. Hear, hear! (1680s) was originally imperative, used as an exclamation to call attention to a speaker's words; now a general cheer of approval. Originally it was hear him!

Wiktionary
hear

vb. 1 (label en intransitive) To perceive sounds through the ear. (from 10th c.) 2 (label en transitive) To perceive (a sound, or something producing a sound) with the ear, to recognize (something) in an auditory way. (from 10th c.)

WordNet
hear
  1. v. perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

  2. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted" [syn: learn, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see]

  3. examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California" [syn: try]

  4. receive a communication from someone; "We heard nothing from our son for five years"

  5. listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision" [syn: listen, take heed]

  6. [also: heard]

Wikipedia
Hear (disambiguation)

To hear is to detect sound.

Hear or HEAR may also refer to:

  • Hear!, Trixter album
  • Hear (Diesel album), an album by Diesel
  • El Arish International Airport, North Sinai, Egypt
  • Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project
  • H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers)
Hear (Diesel album)

Hear is a 2002 studio album released by Johnny Diesel. The album was nominated for Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards of 2003, but lost to Up All Night by The Waifs.

Usage examples of "hear".

Papa, and it will no doubt have been embellished a good deal by the time he hears it.

He heard what I had to say with a good deal of indifference, till I showed him the portrait.

I had never been present at any of these pastoral tourneys and was hopeful that one would be held within reach of our ranch, for I had heard a great deal about them and was anxious to see one.

The road was a minor one, and the cars only occasional, heard at a distance and swishing past to fade equally slowly in the other direction.

Once more he heard her recite with pride, and an Aberdonian accent so slight that only a connoisseur could have detected it, the words which Spenser had penned to celebrate an earlier marriage.

Since then I have listened to advocates of national renown in our great court and in the Senate sitting as a High Court of Impeachment, but at no time or place have I heard an abler, more scholarly, or more eloquent argument than that of Judge Arrington in the old court-room at Ottawa, Illinois, on that day long gone by.

They often hear much better preaching than the average minister, for he hears himself chiefly, and they hear abler men and a variety of them.

After I had stated my doctrine in a brief speech in the Senate one day, he crossed the chamber and said to me that, while he did not accept it, he thought I had made the ablest and most powerful statement of it he had ever heard or read.

I formed the intention of slipping upstairs to wake Abney, only then I heard voices, and thought I could recognize yours, my lord, so I crept along the gallery to see if it were indeed you.

That was the last Lauren heard as Edie walked out the door with Abram Schuster.

Here he heard the occasional shots of the duelists, and choosing the safer and swifter avenue of the forest branches to the uncertain transportation afforded by a half-broken Abyssinian pony, took to the trees.

The men of the Acadian settlements were summoned to the churches to hear the will of the King of England.

They continually encroached on Acadian fishing grounds, and we hear at one time of a hundred of their vessels thus engaged.

Apparently the golden-haired woman still resented the fact that she would not be going with him, but her reaction to hearing her native accents in Tear made that impossible.

He also turns away from truth then and has no desire to see it, because he sees the falsity which accords with his evil as the eye beholds what is beautiful, and hears it as the ear hears what is harmonious.