hear verb (RECEIVE SOUND)
You'll have to speak up, I can't hear you.
[ + obj + infinitive without to ] At eight o'clock Jane heard him go out.
- Can you hear that strange clicking noise?
- I could hear someone crying in the next room.
- She spoke so quietly that I could barely hear her.
- The human ear cannot hear very high-frequency sounds.
- We heard some shooting in the night.
hear verb (BE TOLD)
Have you heard the news?
- I don't want to hear about it - it's no concern of mine!
- He was sad to hear that two of his trusted workers were leaving.
- I was alarmed to hear that she was coming.
- I was fascinated to hear about his travels in Bhutan.
- I'd be interested to hear more about your work.
Thesaurus: synonyms and related words
- a fishing expedition idiom
- break fresh/new ground idiom
- catch sb red-handed idiom
- get wind of sth idiom
- happen on/upon sth/sb
- have a (good) nose for sth idiom
- have got something there idiom
- root sth/sb out
- run sb/sth to ground idiom
- search sth/sb out
- sniff sth out
hear verb (LISTEN)
- A crowd had gathered to hear her speak.
- Will you rewind the tape so we can hear it again?
- I heard a good programme on the radio last night.
- Of all the songs I've heard tonight, that's the best yet.
- The priest heard his confession.
Hear, see, etc. + object + infinitive or -ingWe can use either the infinitive without to or the -ing form after the object of verbs such as hear, see, notice, watch. The infinitive without to often emphasises the whole action or event which someone hears or sees. The -ing form usually emphasises an action or event which is in progress or not yet completed. …
Hear that, see thatWe use hear that and see that to introduce new pieces of information. When we do this, the verbs hear and see mean ‘understand’ or ‘notice’. We normally use hear when we are thinking of something someone told us, and see when we are thinking about something we read about or saw. We often use the verbs in the present simple and sometimes leave out that: …