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hear

verb uk   /hɪər/ us    /hɪr/ (heard, heard)

hear verb (RECEIVE SOUND)

A1 [I or T] to receive or become conscious of a sound using your ears: She heard a noise outside. My grandfather is getting old and can't hear very well. You'll have to speak up, I can't hear you. [+ obj + -ing verb ] I heard/I could hear someone calling my name. [+ obj + infinitive without to ] At eight o'clock Jane heard him go out.
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hear verb (BE TOLD)

B1 [I or T] to be told information about something: Have you heard the news? If you haven't heard by Friday, assume I'm not coming. [+ question word] Have you heard what's happened? [+ (that)] I hear (that) you're leaving.
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hear verb (LISTEN)

A2 [T] to listen to someone or something with great attention or officially in court: I heard a really interesting programme on the radio this morning. [+ infinitive without to] I heard the orchestra play at Carnegie Hall last summer. An audience gathered to hear him speak. formal Lord, hear our prayers. The case will be heard (= officially listened to) by the High Court.
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