Physiology[not: be + ~-ing] to become aware of (sounds, noises, etc.) by the ear: [~ + object]to hear footsteps.[~ + object + verb-ing]I heard them singing.[~ + object + root form of verb]I didn't hear you speak.
Physiology to have the ability to be aware of sound by the ear:[no object; not: be + ~-ing]He was unable to hear from birth.
[not: be + ~-ing] to learn by hearing: [~ + object]I hear you have a new job.
to receive communication:[~ + from; not: be + ~-ing]That letter was the last we heard from them.
to give a formal hearing to (something); consider officially:[~ + object]to hear a legal case.
hear of,[~ + of + object; not: be + ~-ing]
to know of:I have heard of one man who can help us.
[with a negative word or phrase] to listen with favor, assent, or agreement:I will not hear of your going!
The expression Hear! Hear! is used to express approval, as of a speech:A toast to our dear friend. — Hear! Hear!
The words hear and listen have similar meanings, in that both involve the sense of hearing and the use of the ear. But hear is most often used when one simply experiences the sound; the sound comes to the hearer. For listen the subject is more active and performs the action; one usually must concentrate when listening. For this reason, listen may be used in the progressive tenses:I was listening to the radio,but hear for most of its meanings does not allow be + ~-ing forms. Another difference between the two is that when there is an object, the verb listen takes the preposition to; there may be no preposition after hear for most of its meanings. Compare see and look.
Physiologyto 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.
Computing(of a computer) to perceive by speech recognition.
Physiologyto 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 ):I will not hear of your going.
Computing(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).
bef. 950; Middle English heren, Old English hēran, hīeran; cognate with Dutch horen, German hören, Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan; perh. akin to Greek akoúein (see acoustic)
1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attend. Hear,listen apply to the perception of sound. To hear is to have such perception by means of the auditory sense:to hear distant bells.To listen is to give attention in order to hear and understand the meaning of a sound or sounds:to listen to what is being said; to listen for a well-known footstep.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged attend.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged regard, heed.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disregard.