hear of

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hear of (third-person singular simple present hears of, present participle hearing of, simple past and past participle heard of)

  1. To become aware of (a subject, person) through second-hand knowledge, or not through personal experience.
    I first heard of the Electra complex when I was studying psychology.
    Sorry buddy, I've never heard of you.
  2. (with "won't", "will not", "wouldn't", etc.) To permit or tolerate.
    • 1966, Margaret Laurence, A Jest of God
      “The furniture – whatever could we possibly do about all this furniture? I refuse to sell it, Rachel. I won't hear of it.”