hear Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “hear” in the English Dictionary

"hear" in British English

See all translations

hearverb

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of hear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hear" in American English

See all translations

hearverb

 us   /hɪr/ (past tense and past participle heard  /hɜrd/ )
  • hear verb (RECEIVE SOUND)

[I/T] to receive or become aware of sounds with your ears: [T] I can’t hear you with the TV on. [I] After a long trip on a plane, I don’t hear very well for a few hours.
  • hear verb (LISTEN)

[T] to listen to what someone is saying or sounds being made: I heard him interviewed on the radio this morning. Have you heard the group’s latest recording?
  • hear verb (BE TOLD)

[I/T] to be told or informed about: [T] Have you heard the news? [I] I hadn’t heard about that. [+ (that) clause] I hear (that) your house is up for sale. [T] I’ve heard a lot about you from my sister and am glad to meet you.
(Definition of hear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hear?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

galaxy

one of the independent groups of stars in the universe

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More