W1S1 [hıə US hır] v past tense and past participle heard [hə:d US hə:rd]
1¦(hear sounds/words etc)¦
2¦(listen to somebody/something)¦
3¦(be told something)¦
4¦(in court)¦
5 have heard of somebody/something
6 not hear the last of somebody
7 you could hear a pin drop
8 won't/wouldn't hear of it
9 I/he etc will never hear the end of it
10 be hearing things
11 (do) you hear?
12 you can't hear yourself think
13 now hear this!
14 hear! hear!
15 have you heard the one about...
16 I've heard that one before
Phrasal verbs
 hear from somebody
 hear somebody out
[: Old English; Origin: hieran]
1.) ¦(HEAR SOUNDS/WORDS ETC)¦ [I,T not in progressive]
to know that a sound is being made, using your ears
Blanche heard a crash as the back door was flung open.
Did anyone see or hear anything last night?
Old Zeke doesn't hear too well any more.
hear sb/sth doing sth
Jenny could hear them arguing outside.
hear sb do sth
She heard Tom go upstairs.
hear what/who etc
I couldn't hear what they were saying most of the time.
be heard to do sth
She didn't want to be heard to criticize him.
2.) ¦(LISTEN TO SOMEBODY/SOMETHING)¦ [T not in progressive]
to listen to what someone is saying, the music they are playing etc
Maggie did not wait to hear an answer.
Did you hear that programme on whales the other night?
hear what
I want to hear what the doctor has to say.
I hear what you say/what you're saying
spoken (=used to tell someone that you have listened to their opinion, but do not agree with it)
I hear what you say, but I don't think we should rush this decision.
3.) ¦(BE TOLD SOMETHING)¦ [I,T not usually in progressive]
to be told or find out a piece of information
I heard a rumor that he was getting married soon.
hear (that)
I'm so sorry to hear he died.
She'll be pleased to hear that she can leave hospital tomorrow.
hear about
Teresa heard about the decision later.
hear of
I've heard of a job which would be just right for you.
This was the first I'd heard of any trouble in the area (=I had just heard news of trouble for the first time) .
He was last heard of in Washington (=he was in Washington the last time someone had information about him) .
hear anything/much of sb/sth
We don't hear anything of him these days.
so I hear/so I've heard
spoken (=used to say that you have been told something or know it already)
There's a nasty infection going round, so I hear.
hear what/how/who etc
Did you hear what happened to Julia?
I've heard it said that they met in Italy.
4.) ¦(IN COURT)¦ [T]
to listen to all the facts in a case in a court of law in order to make a legal decision
The Supreme Court heard the case on Tuesday.
5.) have heard of sb/sth
to know that someone or something exists because they have been mentioned to you before
'Do you know Jill Marshall?' 'No, I've never heard of her.'
6.) not hear the last of sb
used to say that someone will continue to complain about something or cause problems
I'll sue him. He hasn't heard the last of me yet.
7.) you could hear a pin drop
used to emphasize how quiet a place is
You could have heard a pin drop in there.
8.) spoken won't/wouldn't hear of it
used to say that you refuse to agree with a suggestion or proposal
I said we should go back, but Dennis wouldn't hear of it.
9.) spoken I/he etc will never hear the end of it
used to say that someone will continue to talk about something for a long time
If my Mum finds out, I'll never hear the end of it.
10.) spoken be hearing things
to imagine you can hear a sound when really there is no sound
There's no one there. I must be hearing things.
11.) spoken (do) you hear?
used to emphasize that you are giving someone an order and they must obey you
I want you to leave right now. Do you hear?
12.) spoken you can't hear yourself think
used to emphasize how noisy a place is
Just shut up, Tom. I can't hear myself think.
13.) spoken now hear this!
AmE old use used to introduce an important official announcement
14.) spoken hear! hear!
used in a discussion or meeting to say that you agree with what the speaker is saying
15.) spoken have you heard the one about...
used when asking someone if they know a joke
16.) spoken I've heard that one before
used when you do not believe someone's excuse or explanation
hear from [hear from sb] phr v
1.) to receive news or information from someone
Do you ever hear from Jack?
Police want to hear from anyone who has any information about the attack.
I look forward to hearing from you (=hope to receive news from you) .
2.) to listen to someone giving their opinion in a radio or television discussion programme
a chance to hear from some of the victims of violent crime
hear out [hear sb out] phr v
to listen to all of what someone wants to tell you without interrupting them
Just hear me out, will you?
HINT sense 1
Do not confuse hear with listen to , which means 'hear and pay attention to': You should listen to my advice (NOT You should hear my advice).

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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