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See also: horen, hoeren, Horen, and Hören



From Middle High German and Old High German hōren. Compare Dutch horen, English hear, Danish høre.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhøːrən/, [ˈhøːʁən], [ˈhøːrən] (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈhøːɐn/, /høːɐ̯n/, /hœɐ̯n/ (common speech)
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  • Rhymes: -øːʀən


hören (weak, third-person singular present hört, past tense hörte, past participle gehört, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to hear (to perceive sounds (or a sound) through the ear)
  2. (transitive) to listen to, pay attention to (to give (someone) one's attention)
  3. (transitive, of a lecture) to attend, to go to, to sit in on
  4. (transitive, of a radio signal) to get, to receive
  5. (intransitive, with auf + accusative) to listen (to pay attention to a sound or speech; to accept advice or obey instruction)
    Du musst auf deine Eltern hören.
    You have to listen to your parents.
  6. (intransitive) to hear (to receive information; to come to learn)
  7. (intransitive) to hear (to be contacted (by))

Usage notes[edit]

Hören can be used in a so-called "accusative with infinitive" construction (as in English): Ich hörte ihn rufen. – “I heard him call.” If such a sentence is in the perfect or pluperfect tense, the infinitive usually replaces the past participle: Ich hatte ihn rufen hören. – “I had heard him call.” The use of the past participle instead does occur in some speakers, but is ungrammatical to many others.


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Further reading[edit]

  • hören” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • hören” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • hören” in Duden online
  • hören on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de




  1. inflection of höra:
    1. (obsolete) second-person plural present indicative
    2. (archaic or dialectal) second-person plural imperative
    Hören, I döve; I blinde, skåden och sen
    Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see (Isaiah 42:18)