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From Old Portuguese ouvyr, oyr, from earlier ouir, from Latin audīre, present active infinitive of audiō, a compound of Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewis (clearly, manifestly) (from the root *h₂ew- (to see, perceive)) and *dʰh₁-ye/o- (to render).

Cognate with Galician oír, Spanish oír, Catalan oir, Occitan ausir, French ouïr, Italian udire and Romanian auzi.



ouvir (first-person singular present indicative ouço, past participle ouvido)

  1. (transitive) to hear (to perceive with the ear, without necessarily paying attention to it)
    • 2005, Lya Wyler (translator), J. K. Rowling (English author), Harry Potter e o Enigma do Príncipe (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Rocco, page 100:
      Se ao menos a gente pudesse ouvir o que estão dizendo!
      If at least we could hear what they're saying!


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