For all your dictionary needs!
Are you looking for Bear, Dear, Fear, Gear, heaf, Kear, Lear, Near, Pear, Rear, Sear, Shear, Tear, thear, Vear, Wear, or Year?
Header of hear

Hear

Hear appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Rae hisses so pitiably; mad as sad amyl bait I possess, I hear.
  • Rae, her pistol precluded, iced decided ulcer plots I pre-hear.
View more palindromes!

Fun fact! The word "heard" looks like "beard", but sounds like "bird".

Hear is sometimes a misspelling of hair or here.

The word hear is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

Video footage: Black patient waiting to hear about test results
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the verb hear

What does hear mean as a doing word?

Hear is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
heardheardhearinghears

  1. perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
    • example: They will hear the duet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus]I saw the play | The crew spotted the island
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with bare infinitive]I saw her bake the cake
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with -ing]I saw him laughing
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] in [Oblique]I sensed the eagerness in him
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, how-extraction]I saw how he arrived
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, possessive with -ing]I saw their laughing and joking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, that-complement clause]I can see that you are feeling great
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, what-extraction]I saw what they did
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] about / of [Stimulus]The entire class heard about/of the sermon
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
    • more specific terms:
  2. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    • example: They hear that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]I learnedDiscover Verbs: figure out, find out, learn, read, study
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I discovered that it didn't make sense
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]I discovered what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I discovered the fleece
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Theme, noun phrase with -ing]I discovered about him drinking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Theme, possessive with -ing]I learned about his drinking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Theme, what-extraction]I learned about what he drank
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Theme, not sentential clause]I learned about the drinking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Theme, not sentential clause] from [Source]I learned about it from a book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered from them how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered from them how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, wh-complement clause]I discovered from him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I learned from him about what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered from him about what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]I discovered from him about whether to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus]I saw the play | The crew spotted the islandVerb of Perception
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with bare infinitive]I saw her bake the cake
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with -ing]I saw him laughing
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] in [Oblique]I sensed the eagerness in him
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, how-extraction]I saw how he arrived
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, possessive with -ing]I saw their laughing and joking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, that-complement clause]I can see that you are feeling great
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, what-extraction]I saw what they did
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] about / of [Stimulus]The entire class heard about/of the sermon
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of hear: discover / find out / get a line / get wind / get word / learn / pick up / see
    • more specific terms:
  3. examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of hear: try
    • more generic words: examine / probe = question or examine thoroughly and closely
    • more specific words: rehear / retry = hear or try a court case anew
  4. receive a communication from someone
  5. listen and pay attention
    • example: We must hear the expert before we make a decision
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of hear: listen / take heed
    • more generic words: center / centre / concentrate / focus / pore / rivet = direct one's attention on something
    • more specific word: incline = bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well

Alternative definition of the verb hear

verb

  1. [intransitive] To have the faculty of being able to perceive sounds, through the ear. [definition from 10th c.]
  2. [transitive] To perceive (a sound, or something producing a sound) with the ear, to recognize (something) in an auditory way. [definition from 10th c.]
  3. [transitive] To excercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. [definition from 10th c.]
  4. [transitive] To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). [definition from 10th c.]
  5. [transitive] To receive information about; to come to learn of. [definition from 10th c.]
  6. [transitive] To listen to (a person, case) in a court of law; to try. [definition from 12th c.]

Place

Hear a.k.a. El Arish International Airport is an airport near El Arish, Egypt.

  • also known as El Arish Airport
  • part of Egypt

Music

  1. "Hear" is a 2002 album released by Johnny Diesel.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Hear" a.k.a. "Hear!" is an album by Trixter released in 1992, reaching #109 on the Billboard 200.
  3. "Hear" is a musical album of Spoon+.
    • released on
  4. "Hear" is a musical album of Yumi Tanimura.

Phrases with Hear

Phrases starting with the word Hear:

  1. Hear of
  2. Hear Ye
  3. hear out
  4. Hear, hear
  5. Hear Things
  6. Hear both sides
  7. Hear the Grass Grow
  8. Hear on the Grapevine
  9. Hear Through the Grapevine

Phrase ending with the word Hear:

  1. Long Time No Hear

Other phrases containing the word Hear:

  1. Now Hear This
  2. So Quiet One Can Hear a Pin Drop

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hear

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewDesigning Cooperative Systems (2000)

The Use of Theories and Models : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (COOP'2000) by Rose Dieng

The second parameter affecting the ability to hear is the general level of noise.

Google previewBlurred Vision (2010)

by R. Ashley E. Cardenas

All the human mind wants to hear is that you are blaming your self and telling this to the person or people that love you and make you happy. All the heart wants to hear is that it will feel happy, truly happy and to truly love again. It is simple, but ...

Google previewCSCW and Artificial Intelligence (2012)

by John H. Connolly, Ernest A. Edmonds

The function hear is a sensory function which maps each word in T into the partition in which it belongs. W is a set of words that characterize the communications that an agent may send to another agent. A is a set of actions, all of which can be ...

Google previewDictionary and Glossary of the Koran (1873)

by John Penrice

To hear (with acc.) ...

Google previewThe Christian's Defensive Dictionary. Being an Alphabetical Refutation of the General Objections to the Bible (1837)

by W. Willcocks SLEIGH

The verb “to hear,” is repeatedly used not only in the Scriptures, but also in common conversation, to signify, not merely the hearing ofa voice, (sound,) but the understanding or obeying it: for example, the Lord Jesus often said to those who ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Hear

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Usage statistics about hear

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb hear:

spoken English58.95%written English41.05% conversational speech55.73%task-oriented speech44.27% imaginative writing80.2%informational writing19.8%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb hear:

discoverlistenlearnheartrysee

Photos about Hear

Click on an item to view that photo:

hear

If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Closeup senior woman with hearing aid in her ear. Health care, hear amplify, device for the deaf.Small photo of Portrait of funny plus size young woman looking aside holding hand to her ear and trying to hear something standing on white background. Cute Caucasian female with a hearing disorder or hearing loss.Small photo of Mature woman holding hand to hearSmall photo of Close-up Of Person Trying To Hear With Hand Over EarSmall photo of Gestures, gossip and rumors, hearing loss or disorder. Woman put hand to ear for better hear. Studio shot on light grey backgroungSmall photo of Beautiful woman puts a hand to the ear to hear better. Young girl listening something over white backgroundSmall photo of Beautiful woman puts a hand to the ear to hear better. Young girl listening something over white background More...

Videos about Hear

Click on an item to play that video:

View more videos about Hear It, Hear of, hear out, Hear This, Hear Things, Hear the Grass Grow, Hear on the Grapevine, and Hear Through the Grapevine.

See also the pronunciation examples of Hear!

Sign language

Click on an item to play that video:

Quotes about Hear

A cap of good acid costs five dollars and for that you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo and the Holy Ghost on drums. (Hunter S. Thompson)
more quotes about hear...

Scrabble value of H4E1A1R1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of HEAR

What do you get if you rearrange the letters?

See also the blanagrams of Hear!

Share this page

Next...

Go to the usage examples of Hear to see it in context!


Privacy Policy | Cookies Policy
Keyword Tool | Romanian-English Dictionary