Meaning of “hearing” in the English Dictionary

"hearing" in British English

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hearingnoun

uk /ˈhɪə.rɪŋ/ us /ˈhɪr.ɪŋ/

hearing noun (MEETING)

[ C ] an official meeting that is held to collect the facts about an event or problem:

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.

hearingadjective

/ˈhɪə.rɪŋ/ /ˈhɪr.ɪŋ/

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

"hearing" in American English

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hearingnoun

us /ˈhɪər·ɪŋ/

hearing noun (ABILITY TO HEAR)

[ U ] the ability to hear sounds:

Since he’s gotten older, his hearing isn’t what it used to be.

hearing noun (MEETING)

[ C ] an official meeting that is held to gather the facts about an event or problem:

A Senate subcommittee is holding hearings about the mortgage crisis.

(Definition of “hearing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hearing" in Business English

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hearingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɪərɪŋ/ us LAW, MEETINGS

a meeting of a group of people, for example judges or politicians, to hear the facts relating to a legal problem or subject of public interest 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)

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