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v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
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.
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.
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.
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.


vb, hears, hearing or heard (hɜːd)
1. (Physiology) (tr) to perceive (a sound) with the sense of hearing
2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to listen to: did you hear what I said?.
3. (when: intr, sometimes foll by of or about; when tr, may take a clause as object) to be informed (of); receive information (about): to hear of his success; have you heard?.
4. (Law) law to give a hearing to (a case)
5. (when: intr, usually foll by of and used with a negative) to listen (to) with favour, assent, etc: she wouldn't hear of it.
6. (foll by: from) to receive a letter, news, etc (from)
7. hear! hear! an exclamation used to show approval of something said
8. hear tell dialect to be told (about); learn (of)
[Old English hieran; related to Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan, Old High German hōren, Greek akouein]
ˈhearable adj
ˈhearer n



v. heard (hûrd), hear•ing. v.t.
1. to perceive by the ear: to hear noises.
2. to learn by the ear or by being told; be informed of: to hear news.
3. to listen to; give or pay attention to.
4. to be among the audience at or of (something): to hear a recital.
5. to give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly: to hear a case.
6. to take or listen to the evidence or testimony of (someone): to hear the defendant.
7. to listen to with favor, assent, or compliance.
8. to be capable of perceiving sound by the ear; have the faculty of perceiving sound vibrations.
9. to receive information by the ear or otherwise: to hear from a friend.
10. to listen with favor, assent, or compliance (often fol. by of): I will not hear of your going.
11. (used interjectionally in the phrase Hear! Hear! to express approval, as of a speech.)
[before 950; Middle English heren, Old English hēran, hīeran, c. Old Saxon hōrian, Old High German hōrren, Old Norse heyra, Gothic hausjan; perhaps akin to Greek akoúein (see acoustic)]
hear′a•ble, adj.
hear′er, n.
listen, hear - To listen is to try to hear; to hear is simply to perceive with the ear.
See also related terms for listen.


1. 'hear' in the present

If you can hear a sound, you are aware of it because it has reached your ears.

I can hear a car.

Be Careful!
You usually use can in sentences like these. You say, for example, 'I can hear a radio'. Don't say 'I hear a radio'. Also don't use a progressive form. Don't say 'I am hearing a radio'.

The past tense and -ed participle of hear is heard /hɜːd/. If you want to say that someone was aware of something in the past, you use heard or could hear.

She heard no further sounds.
I could hear music in the distance.
2. 'hear' in the past

However, if you want to say that someone suddenly became aware of something, you must use heard.

I heard a shout.

You can use an -ing form after heard or could hear to show that someone was aware of something that was continuing to take place.

He heard Hajime shouting and laughing.
I could hear him crying.

You can use an infinitive without to after heard to show that someone was aware of a complete event or action.

I heard him open the door.
I heard Amy cry out in fright.

Be Careful!
You must use an infinitive without to in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'I heard him to open the door'.



These words are both pronounced /hɪə/.

1. 'here'

You use here to refer to the place where you are.

Come here!
She left here at eight o'clock.
See here
2. 'hear'

When you hear a sound, you are aware of it through your ears.

Did you hear that noise?
See hear


Past participle: heard
Gerund: hearing

I hear
you hear
he/she/it hears
we hear
you hear
they hear
I heard
you heard
he/she/it heard
we heard
you heard
they heard
Present Continuous
I am hearing
you are hearing
he/she/it is hearing
we are hearing
you are hearing
they are hearing
Present Perfect
I have heard
you have heard
he/she/it has heard
we have heard
you have heard
they have heard
Past Continuous
I was hearing
you were hearing
he/she/it was hearing
we were hearing
you were hearing
they were hearing
Past Perfect
I had heard
you had heard
he/she/it had heard
we had heard
you had heard
they had heard
I will hear
you will hear
he/she/it will hear
we will hear
you will hear
they will hear
Future Perfect
I will have heard
you will have heard
he/she/it will have heard
we will have heard
you will have heard
they will have heard
Future Continuous
I will be hearing
you will be hearing
he/she/it will be hearing
we will be hearing
you will be hearing
they will be hearing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hearing
you have been hearing
he/she/it has been hearing
we have been hearing
you have been hearing
they have been hearing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hearing
you will have been hearing
he/she/it will have been hearing
we will have been hearing
you will have been hearing
they will have been hearing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hearing
you had been hearing
he/she/it had been hearing
we had been hearing
you had been hearing
they had been hearing
I would hear
you would hear
he/she/it would hear
we would hear
you would hear
they would hear
Past Conditional
I would have heard
you would have heard
he/she/it would have heard
we would have heard
you would have heard
they would have heard
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hear - perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
perceive, comprehend - to become aware of through the senses; "I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"
overhear, take in, catch - hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
catch, get - perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
2.hear - 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"
get the goods - discover some bad or hidden information about; "She got the goods on her co-worker after reading his e-mail"
wise up - get wise to; "They wised up to it"
trip up, catch - detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator"
ascertain - learn or discover with certainty
discover, find - make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
witness, see, find - perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
3.hear - examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial processhear - examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process; "The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"
probe, examine - question or examine thoroughly and closely
rehear, retry - hear or try a court case anew
4.hear - receive a communication from someone; "We heard nothing from our son for five years"
receive, pick up - register (perceptual input); "pick up a signal"
5.hear - listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
incline - bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well; "He inclined his ear to the wise old man"


1. overhear, catch, detect She heard no further sounds.
2. listen to, heed, attend to, eavesdrop on, listen in to, give attention to, hearken to (archaic), hark to, be all ears for (informal) You can hear commentary on the match in about half an hour.
3. (Law) try, judge, examine, investigate He had to wait months before his case was heard.
4. learn, discover, find out, understand, pick up, gather, be informed, ascertain, be told of, get wind of (informal), hear tell (dialect) He had heard that the trophy had been sold.


1. To perceive by ear, usually attentively:
Archaic: hearken.
Idiom: give one's ear.
2. To obtain knowledge or awareness of something not known before, as through observation or study:
phrasal verb
hear of
To receive (an idea) and take it into consideration:
يَتَلَقّى مَعْلوماتيَسْمَعيَسْمَعُيُصْغي
slyšetvidět naposledvyslechnoutmít zprávyprojednávat
høreafhøredet sidsteerfare
heyraheyra, frétta, hafa spurnir afhlusta ávera laus viî
bylos nagrinėjimasgirdėtigirdimumo ribosišklausymasišklausyti
dzirdētnoklausītiessaņemt ziņasuzklausītuzzināt
dostať správupočuť
işitmekduymakkulak vermeköğrenmekdaha dur bakalım


[hɪəʳ] (heard (pt, pp))
1. (= perceive) [+ voice, sound] → oír
can you hear me?¿me oyes?
I can't hear youno te oigo
I can't hear a thingno oigo nada
I heard someone come inhe oído entrar a alguien
I heard you talking to herte oí hablar con ella
I never heard such rubbish!¡en mi vida he oído tantos disparates!
did you hear what he said?¿has oído lo que ha dicho?
let's hear it forun aplauso para ...
I could hardly make myself heardapenas pude lograr que se me oyera
I have heard it said that ..., I've heard tell thathe oído decir que ...
I can't hear myself thinkel ruido no me deja pensar or concentrarme
see also pin
2. (= discover, be told) → oír
have you heard the news?¿has oído la noticia?, ¿te has enterado de la noticia?
what's this I hear about you getting married?¿qué es eso que he oído de que te vas a casar?
from what I hear, she hasn't long to livepor lo que he oído parece que le queda poco tiempo de vida
I waited to hear the resultme quedé esperando para enterarme del resultado
I hear bad reports of himno me hablan bien de él
I'm glad to hear itme alegro
I'm sorry to hear itlo siento
where did you hear that?¿quién te ha dicho eso?
to hear thatenterarse de que ...
I heard you're going awayme he enterado de que te vas
I hear you've been illme he enterado de que or he oído decir que has estado enfermo
I haven't heard yet whether I've passedaún no sé si he aprobado
have you heard anything of or from him since he left?¿has sabido algo or has tenido noticias de él desde que se fue?
the first I heard of it was whenlo primero que supe al respecto fue cuando ...
that's the first I've heard of itno tenía ni idea, es la primera noticia que tengo
you haven't heard the last of this!¡aquí no se acaba esto!
have you heard the one about ...?¿te sabes el de ...?
3. (= listen to) [+ radio programme, story] → escuchar, oír; [+ lecture] → escuchar
to hear him (talk) you'd think he was an expertpor la forma en que habla, cualquiera creería or diría que es un experto
I've heard it all beforeya conozco la historia
Lord, hear our prayersSeñor, escucha nuestras plegarias or súplicas
to hear sb speak (in public) → escuchar a algn
he likes to hear himself talkle gusta escucharse a sí mismo
4. (Jur) [+ case] → ver
5. (Rel) to hear massoír misa
1. (= perceive) → oír
I can't hearno oigo
if you don't get out I'll call the police, (do) you hear?si no te vas llamaré a la policía, ¿me oyes?
he doesn't or can't hear very wellno oye muy bien
to hear about sth/sb I heard about it from Mariame enteré por María, lo supe a través de María
did you hear about Liz?¿te enteraste de lo de Liz?
I don't want to hear about itno quiero oír hablar del tema
to hear from sbsaber de algn, tener noticias de algn
have you heard from him lately?¿has sabido algo de él últimamente?, ¿has tenido noticias de él últimamente?
I hear from my daughter every weektengo noticias de mi hija todas las semanas
hoping to hear from you (in letter) → esperando recibir noticias tuyas
you will be hearing from my solicitormi abogado se pondrá en contacto con usted
the police are anxious to hear from anyone who may know herla policía pide a todos los que la conozcan que se pongan en contacto con ellos
what are you hearing from people there?¿qué opina or dice allí la gente?
to hear of sth (= come across) → oír hablar de algo; (= become aware of) → saber de algo
many people haven't heard of reflexologymuchas personas no han oído hablar de la reflexología
I've never heard of such a thing!¡en mi vida he oído cosa igual!
I heard of this school through Lesliesupe de esta escuela por or a través de Leslie
I won't hear of it! (= allow) → ¡ni hablar!
I offered to pay but she wouldn't hear of itme ofrecí a pagar pero dijo que ni hablar
I always wanted to be an actor but Dad wouldn't hear of itsiempre quise ser actor pero papá no me dejó
to hear of sb (= come across) → oír hablar de algn; (= have news of) → saber de algn, tener noticias de algn
everyone has heard of hertodo el mundo ha oído hablar de ella or sabe quién es
he wasn't heard of for a long timeno se supo nada de él or no se tuvieron noticias de él durante mucho tiempo
he was never heard of againnunca se supo más de él
3. hear! hear! (= bravo) → ¡sí señor!, ¡eso, eso!
hear out VT + ADV [+ story] → escuchar
she heard out their ideas then gave her recommendationescuchó sus ideas y luego les dio su recomendación
to hear sb outdejar que algn termine de hablar
let's hear him outvamos a dejarle que termine de hablar


[ˈhɪər] [heard] [ˈhɜːrd] (pt, pp)
[+ sound, voice] → entendre
[+ person, thing] → entendre
to hear sb doing sth → entendre qn faire qch
to hear sb/sth do sth → entendre qn/qch faire qch
He heard the dog bark → Il a entendu le chien aboyer.
I can't hear myself think → je ne m'entends plus penser
(= pay attention to) did you hear me? → vous m'avez entendu?
[+ news] → apprendre
Did you hear the good news? → Est-ce que tu as appris la bonne nouvelle?
to hear (that) ... → entendre dire que ...
I heard that she was ill → J'ai entendu dire qu'elle était malade.
I've heard it all before (= this is nothing new) → ce n'est pas la première fois que j'entends cette histoire
[+ programme, performance] → écouter; [+ performer, band] → écouter; [+ lecture] → assister à, écouter
(LAW) [+ case] → entendre; [+ evidence] → entendre
(= hear sounds) → entendre
She can't hear very well → Elle entend mal.
hear, hear! (British)bien dit!
(= pay attention) do you hear? → vous m'entendez?
to hear about sb/sth (on the news)entendre parler de qch/qn (= have news of) → avoir des nouvelles de qn/qch
Did you hear about the move?
BUT Tu es au courant du déménagement?.
hear from
(= get news from) → avoir des nouvelles de
I haven't heard from him recently → Je n'ai pas eu de ses nouvelles récemment.
(= be contacted by) → avoir des nouvelles de
The police are anxious to hear from anyone who may know her → La police aimerait que les gens qui la connaissent se manifestent.
hear of
vt fus
[+ person, thing] → entendre parler de
Have you heard of Damien Hirst? → Avez-vous entendu parler de Damien Hirst?
I've never heard of that book → Je n'ai jamais entendu parler de ce livre.
I've never heard of him (= don't know him) → je ne le connais pas
(= countenance) I won't hear of it! → je ne veux pas en entendre parler!
He wouldn't hear of it → Il ne voulait pas en entendre parler.
hear out
vt sepécouter jusqu'au bout


pret, ptp <heard>
(= also learn)hören; I heard him say that …ich habe ihn sagen hören, dass …; I heard somebody come inich habe jemanden (herein)kommen hören; there wasn’t a sound to be heardes war kein Laut zu hören, man hörte keinen Laut; he was heard to say that …man hat ihn sagen hören, dass …; to make oneself heardsich (dat)Gehör verschaffen; you’re not going, do you hear me!du gehst nicht, hörst du (mich)!; to hear him speak you’d think …wenn man ihn so reden hört, könnte man meinen, …; I’ve often heard say or it said that …ich habe oft gehört or sagen hören, dass …; I hear you play chessich höre, Sie spielen Schach; have you heard the one about …?(haben Sie) den schon gehört von …?; I hear tell you’re going awayich höre, Sie gehen weg; I’ve heard tell of a monster in the lakeich habe von einem Ungeheuer in dem See gehört; I’ve heard it all beforeich habe das schon hundertmal gehört; I’ve been hearing things about youvon dir hört man ja schöne Dinge; I must be hearing thingsich glaube, ich höre nicht richtig
(= listen to) lecture, programme etchören; to hear a case (Jur) → einen Fall verhandeln; to hear evidence (Jur) → Zeugen vernehmen; Lord, hear our prayerHerr, (er)höre unser Gebet; Lord, hear usHerr, erhöre uns; let’s hear your prayers before you go to sleepwir wollen beten, bevor du schläfst
(physically) → hören; he does not or cannot hear very weller hört nicht sehr gut; hear, hear!(sehr) richtig!; (Parl) → hört!, hört!
(= get news)hören; he’s left his wife — yes, so I hearer hat seine Frau verlassen — ja, ich habe es gehört; I hear from my daughter every weekich höre jede Woche von meiner Tochter; you’ll be hearing from me! (threatening) → Sie werden noch von mir hören!; to hear about somethingvon etw hören or erfahren; have you heard about John? he’s getting marriedhaben Sie gehört? John heiratet; I’ve heard a lot about youich habe schon viel von Ihnen gehört; never heard of him/itnie (von ihm/davon) gehört; I’ve heard of himich habe schon von ihm gehört; he wasn’t heard of for a long timeman hat lange Zeit nichts von ihm gehört; he was never heard of againman hat nie wieder etwas von ihm gehört; I’ve never heard of such a thing!das ist ja unerhört!; I hear about nothing else (but that)!ich höre überhaupt nichts anderes mehr!


[hɪəʳ] (heard (pt, pp)) [hɜːd]
1. vt (gen) → sentire; (be informed of, piece of news) → apprendere, sentire; (news on radio, TV) → ascoltare; (lecture) → assistere a (Law) (case) → esaminare
I can't hear you → non ti sento
I could hardly make myself heard → facevo fatica a farmi sentire
I hear you've lost your watch → ho saputo che hai perso l'orologio
to hear him speak you'd think ... → a sentirlo parlare si direbbe che...
have you heard the one about the Irishman who ... → la sai quella dell'irlandese che...
2. vi (gen) → sentire; (get news) → aver notizie
to hear about → sentire parlare di (have news of) → avere notizie di
I heard about her from her mother → ho avuto sue notizie tramite sua madre
did you hear about the move? → hai saputo del trasloco?
to hear from sb → ricevere notizie da qn
she was never heard of again → non se ne seppe più nulla
I've never heard of that book → non ho mai sentito parlare di quel libro
I've never heard of such a thing → non ho mai sentito una cosa simile
I won't hear of it (allow) → non ne voglio proprio sapere
I won't hear of you paying for this → non è proprio il caso che tu paghi
hear! hear! (bravo) → bravo!, bene!
hear out vt + advascoltare senza interrompere
hear me out! → fammi finire!


(hiə) verbpast tense, past participle heard (həːd)
1. to (be able to) receive (sounds) by ear. I don't hear very well; Speak louder – I can't hear you; I didn't hear you come in.
2. to listen to for some purpose. A judge hears court cases; Part of a manager's job is to hear workers' complaints.
3. to receive information, news etc, not only by ear. I've heard that story before; I hear that you're leaving; `Have you heard from your sister?' `Yes, I got a letter from her today'; I've never heard of him – who is he? This is the first I've heard of the plan.
ˈhearing noun
1. the ability to hear. My hearing is not very good.
2. the distance within which something can be heard. I don't want to tell you when so many people are within hearing; I think we're out of hearing now.
3. an act of listening. We ought to give his views a fair hearing.
4. a court case. The hearing is tomorrow.
ˈhearing-aid noun
a small electronic instrument which helps deaf people to hear better by making sounds louder by means of an amplifier.
ˈhearsay (-sei) noun
that which one has been told about by others but for which one has otherwise no evidence. I never trust anything that I learn by hearsay.
hear! hear!
a shout to show that one agrees with what a speaker has said (eg in Parliament or at a meeting).
I/he etc will/would not hear of
I, he etc will or would not allow. They would not hear of her going home alone, and insisted on going with her.


يَسْمَعُ slyšet høre hören ακούω oír kuulla entendre čuti ascoltare 聞く 듣다 horen høre usłyszeć ouvir слышать höra ได้ยิน işitmek nghe


vt. oír, escuchar, [heard] oído;
best heard soundel sonido mejor oído;
easy heardoído sin dificultad;
best ___ or expirationsmejor oído al exp.


vt, vi (pret & pp heard) oír; to — of oír hablar; I haven’t heard of that.. No he oído hablar de eso.
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