- heare (obsolete)
From Middle English heren, from Old English hīeran (“to hear”), from Proto-West Germanic *hauʀijan, from Proto-Germanic *hauzijaną (“to hear”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ḱh₂owsyéti (“to be sharp-eared”), from *h₂eḱ- (“sharp”) + *h₂ows- (“ear”) + *-yéti (denominative suffix).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɪə(ɹ)/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /hɪɚ/
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- (Wales) IPA(key): /hjɜː/
- Homophones: here, hir
- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
- (intransitive, stative) To perceive sounds through the ear. [from 10th c.]
- I was deaf, and now I can hear.
- (transitive, stative) To perceive (a sound, or something producing a sound) with the ear, to recognize (something) in an auditory way. [from 10th c.]
- I heard a sound from outside the window.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
- (transitive) To exercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. [from 10th c.]
- 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, in Death on the Centre Court:
- It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me. […]”
- (transitive) To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). [from 10th c.]
- Eventually the king chose to hear her entreaties.
- (transitive) To receive information about; to come to learn of. [from 10th c.]
- (with from) To be contacted by.
- 2009, Elsa T. Aguries, The Pearl Within, →ISBN, page 141:
- When I don't hear from you, My days feel long and lonely.
- 2012, Art Wiederhold, Charles Sutphen, From the Depths of Evil, →ISBN, page 343:
- They're ten hours overdue. Have you heard from any of them since they left Nineveh?
- 2012, James Meredith, A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America, →ISBN:
- She left and I never heard from her again.
- (transitive, law) To listen to (a person, case) in a court of law; to try. [from 12th c.]
- Your case will be heard at the end of the month.
- (transitive, informal) To sympathize with; to understand the feelings or opinion of.
- You're tired of all the ads on TV? I hear ya.
- (transitive, Greek philosophy) To study under.
- 1990, Henry J. Blumenthal, “Themistius: the last Peripatetic commentator on Aristotle?”, in Richard Sorabji, editor, Aristotle Transformed: The Ancient Commentators and Their Influence, 2nd edition, published 2016, →ISBN, pages 130–31:
- Ammonius, the teacher of both Simplicius and Philoponus, tells us how Julian gave a ruling […] in favor of Maximus, who had heard Iamblichus, and followed him and Porphyry (in An. Pr. 31,15–22).
- 2018, “Introduction: The Old Academy to Cicero”, in Harold Tarrant et al., editors, Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity, →ISBN, pages 24–25:
- Charmadas, never actually Head of School but a prominent Academic who had himself heard Carneades, was prepared to teach Plato’s Gorgias […]
- This is generally a stative verb that rarely takes the continuous inflection. See Category:English stative verbs
- another county heard from
- children should be seen and not heard
- could hear a pin drop
- hard of hearing
- hear both sides
- hear from
- hear hear
- hearing aid
- hear of
- hear oneself think
- hear on the grapevine
- hear out
- hear tell
- hear the end of it
- hear the grass grow
- hear the last of
- hear things
- hear through the grapevine
- hear voices
- hear ye
- I can't hear you over the sound of
- I've never heard it called that before
- last I heard
- let's hear it for someone
- long time no hear
- now hear this
- one could hear a pin drop
- shot heard round the world
- shot heard 'round the world
- so quiet one can hear a pin drop
- so quiet one could hear a pin drop
- so quiet you can hear a pin drop
- the last I heard
- you hear me
- “hear”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “hear”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- hèere (Sette Comuni)
- Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Luserna / Lusérn: Le nostre parole / Ünsarne börtar / Unsere Wörter [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle isole linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien
- (Christianity) the Lord, God
- Wêr de Geast fan de Hear is, der is frijheid. ― Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
- “hear (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011
hear c (plural hearen)
- Yn âlde tiden wie Frjentsjer bilegere fan in machtich hear. ― In days gone by, Franeker was besieged by a mighty army.
- “hear (II)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011