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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.

    He had been heard to utter an ominous growl.

  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.

  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.]

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


Heard \Heard\ (h[~e]rd), imp. & p. p. of Hear.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense and past participle of hear, Old English herde.


alt. (en-past of: hear) vb. (en-past of: hear)


See hear


adj. detected or perceived by the sense of hearing; "a conversation heard through the wall"

  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]

Heard -- U.S. County in Georgia
Population (2000): 11012
Housing Units (2000): 4512
Land area (2000): 296.027518 sq. miles (766.707720 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 5.057440 sq. miles (13.098708 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 301.084958 sq. miles (779.806428 sq. km)
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 33.308636 N, 85.118515 W
Heard, GA
Heard County
Heard County, GA

Heard may refer to:

  • Hearing (sense)
  • Heard (surname)
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Heard County, Georgia, U.S.
Heard (surname)

Heard is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • G. Alexander Heard (1917–2009), president of Vanderbilt University 1963-1982
  • Amber Heard, American actress
  • Gar Heard, former professional basketball player and coach.
  • Gerald Heard, British writer and philosopher
  • Floyd Heard, American track and field sprinter
  • John Heard (disambiguation), several people
  • Oscar E. Heard, American jurist
  • Stephen Heard, the 12th Governor of Georgia

Fictional characters:

  • Beluga Heard, character in the manga series Black Cat

Usage examples of "heard".

Thou heardest me truer than tongue confess Thy terror, O Christ, O God.