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Meaning of “hearing” in the English Dictionary

"hearing" in British English

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uk   /ˈhɪə.rɪŋ/  us   /ˈhɪr.ɪŋ/
  • hearing noun (MEETING)

[C] an ​officialmeeting that is ​held to ​collect the ​facts about an ​event or ​problem: A ​disciplinary hearing will ​examinecharges of ​seriousprofessionalmisconduct against three ​surgeons. I ​think we should give him a (​fair) hearing (= we should ​listen to what he ​wants to say).

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  • hearing noun (ABILITY)

[U] the ​ability to ​hear: He's getting ​old and his hearing isn't very good.


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

"hearing" in American English

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 us   /ˈhɪər·ɪŋ/
  • hearing noun (ABILITY TO HEAR)

[U] the ​ability to ​hearsounds: Since he’s ​gottenolder, his hearing isn’t what it used to be.
  • hearing noun (MEETING)

[C] an ​officialmeeting that is ​held to ​gather the ​facts about an ​event or ​problem: A Senate ​subcommittee is ​holding hearings about the ​mortgagecrisis.
(Definition of hearing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hearing" in Business English

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hearingnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhɪərɪŋ/ LAW, MEETINGS
a ​meeting of a ​group of ​people, for ​examplejudges or politicians, to hear the facts ​relating to a ​legal problem or ​subject of ​publicinterest before they make a decision about it: hold/schedule a hearing A hearing before Judge L.A. Harris Jr. is ​scheduled for Wednesday.a Congressional/Senate/committee hearing Senate hearings on the Commission's ​recommendations will begin next month.a full/preliminary hearing With a ​preliminary hearing, a ​defendant gets a chance to see ​evidence against him or her. a court hearing
(Definition of hearing from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hearing”
in Arabic سَمْع…
in Korean 청력…
in Portuguese audição…
in Catalan oïda…
in Japanese 聴力, 聴覚…
in Chinese (Simplified) 会议, 听证会, 意见听取会…
in Turkish işitme, işitme duyusu, duruşma…
in Russian слух, слушание (дела в суде)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 會議, 聽證會, 公聽會…
in Italian udito…
in Polish słuch, przesłuchanie, rozprawa (sądowa)…
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