Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    I see that you have been promoted
  2. (verb, perception) receive a communication from someone
  3. (verb, perception) perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
  4. (verb, perception) listen and pay attention
    We must hear the expert before we make a decision
  5. (verb, social) examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    The case will be tried in California

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Hear

  1. O.E. heran (Anglian), (ge)hieran, hyran (W.Saxon), from P.Gmc. *khauzjianan (cf. O.N. hegra, O.Fris. hora, Du. horen, Ger. h?ren, Goth. hausjan), perhaps from PIE base *(s)keu- "to notice, observe." Spelling difference between hear and here developed 1200-1550. Hearing "listening to evidence in … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Hear

hair, hairy, harare, hare, harrier, harrow, harry, haywire, hearer, heir, hera, here, herero, hero, herr, hewer, hire, hirer, hoar, hoary, hoheria, hooray, horary, horror, houhere, hour, houri, hr, hurrah, hurry

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