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hearing (comparative more hearing, superlative most hearing)

  1. Able to hear.
    Deaf people often must deal with hearing people.




hearing (countable and uncountable, plural hearings)

  1. (uncountable) The sense used to perceive sound.
    My hearing isn't what it used to be, but I still heard that noise.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.
  2. (countable) The act by which something is heard.
    • 2004, Timothy D. J. Chappell, Reading Plato's Theaetetus, page 73:
      To such perceivings we give names like these: seeings, hearings, smellings, chillings and burnings, pleasures and pains, desires []
  3. (uncountable) A proceeding at which discussions are heard.
    There will be a public hearing to discuss the new traffic light.
  4. (countable, law) A legal procedure done before a judge, without a jury, as with an evidentiary hearing.
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian:
      Next month, Clemons will be brought before a court presided over by a "special master", who will review the case one last time. The hearing will be unprecedented in its remit, but at its core will be a simple issue: should Reggie Clemons live or die?
  5. (informal, dated) A scolding.

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  1. present participle of hear