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heard

past tense of hear; listened to: I heard the news today.
Not to be confused with:
herd – drove or flock of animals; guard or protect: The shepherd will herd the sheep.
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hear

 (hîr)
v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
v.tr.
1. To perceive (sound) by the ear: Can you hear the signal?
2. To learn by hearing; be told by others: I heard she got married.
3.
a. To listen to (something) attentively or in an official capacity, as in a court: heard the last witness in the afternoon.
b. To listen to and consider favorably: Lord, hear my prayer!
c. To attend or participate in: hear Mass.
v.intr.
1. To be capable of perceiving sound.
2. To receive news or information; learn: I heard about your accident.
3. To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative: I won't hear of your going!
Phrasal Verb:
hear from
1. To get a letter, telephone call, or transmitted communication from.
2. To be reprimanded by: If you don't do your homework, you're going to hear from me.
Idioms:
hear, hear
Used to express approval.
never hear the end of
To be complained to or told about (something) repeatedly or for a long time.

[Middle English hearen, Old English hīeran; see kous- in Indo-European roots.]

hear′er n.
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heard

  • phoneme - A word for a hallucination in which voices are heard.
  • pig's whisper - A loud whisper, meant to be heard.
  • noises off - Sounds created offstage to be heard during a play's production; the term has been extended to mean distracting or intrusive background noise.
  • pink noise - Random white noise that has been adjusted so there is equal energy per octave and an equal amount of each signal can be heard.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.heard - detected or perceived by the sense of hearing; "a conversation heard through the wall"
detected - perceived or discerned; "the detected micrometeoritic material"
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References in classic literature ?
On seeing Levin she smiled, and asked him to come into the little drawing room, where he heard voices.
At first he rode along the line of Bagration's troops, which had not yet advanced into action but were standing motionless; then he came to the region occupied by Uvarov's cavalry and here he noticed a stir and signs of preparation for battle; having passed Uvarov's cavalry he clearly heard the sound of cannon and musketry ahead of him.
In the evening, after tea, I heard that he was come.
People said "The Evening Bell is sounding, the sun is setting." For a strange wondrous tone was heard in the narrow streets of a large town.
Then she distinctly heard the beast outside sniffing at the door, not two feet from where she crouched.
"Yes, that is where I have heard him; and I have not been the only one to hear him."
She was grinding her teeth and saying this over and over again when she heard her mother come out on the veranda with some one.
Suddenly we heard, at a little distance to our right and partly in front, a noise as of some animal thrashing about in the bushes, which we could see were violently agitated.
I and the other colts were feeding at the lower part of the field when we heard, quite in the distance, what sounded like the cry of dogs.
AS I drew near the house I saw that the light shone from the open door of my room; and then I heard coming from out of the darkness at the side of that orange oblong of light, the voice of Montgomery shouting, "Prendick!" I continued running.
Believe me, sir, he hath been abused, grossly abused to you; I know he hath, or you, whom I know to be all goodness and honour, would not, after the many kind and tender things I have heard you say of this poor helpless child, have so disdainfully called him fellow.--Indeed, my best of friends, he deserves a kinder appellation from you, had you heard the good, the kind, the grateful things which I have heard him utter of you.
She came back and related that in passing the spot where the footprints had ended she had heard the voice of her son and had been eagerly calling to him, wandering about the place, as she had fancied the voice to be now in one direction, now in another, until she was exhausted with fatigue and emotion.