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Meaning of “hear” in the English Dictionary

"hear" in British English

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hearverb

uk   /hɪər/  us   /hɪr/ (heard, heard)
  • hear verb (RECEIVE SOUND)

A1 [I or T] to ​receive or ​becomeconscious of a ​sound using ​yourears: She heard a ​noiseoutside. 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 ​greatattention or ​officially in ​court: I heard a really ​interestingprogramme on the ​radio this ​morning. [+ infinitive without to] I heard the ​orchestraplay at Carnegie Hall last ​summer. An ​audiencegathered to hear him ​speak.formal Lord, hear ​ourprayers. The ​case will be heard (= ​officiallylistened to) by the High ​Court.

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

"hear" in American English

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hearverb

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

[I/T] to ​receive or ​becomeaware of ​sounds with ​yourears: [T] I can’t hear you with the TV on. [I] After a ​longtrip 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 ​latestrecording?
  • 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) ​yourhouse 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)
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