Hear v. t. [imp. & p. p. Heard p. pr. & vb. n. Hearing.]
1. To perceive by the ear; to apprehend or take cognizance of by the ear; as, to hear sounds; to hear a voice; to hear one call.
Lay thine ear close to the ground, and list if thou canst hear the tread of travelers. --Shak.
He had been heard to utter an ominous growl. --Macaulay.
2. To give audience or attention to; to listen to; to heed; to accept the doctrines or advice of; to obey; to examine; to try in a judicial court; as, to hear a recitation; to hear a class; the case will be heard to-morrow.
3. To attend, or be present at, as hearer or worshiper; as, to hear a concert; to hear Mass.
4. To give attention to as a teacher or judge.
Thy matters are good and right, but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. --2 Sam. xv. 3.
I beseech your honor to hear me one single word. --Shak.
5. To accede to the demand or wishes of; to listen to and answer favorably; to favor.
I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice. --Ps. cxvi. 1.
They think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. --Matt. vi. 7.
Hear him. See Remark, under Hear, v. i.
To hear a bird sing, to receive private communication. [Colloq.] --Shak.
To hear say, to hear one say; to learn by common report; to receive by rumor. [Colloq.]
Heard imp. & p. p. of Hear.
v 1: perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
2: get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I
learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that
you have been promoted" [syn: learn, get word, get
wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see]
3: examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process;
"The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be
tried in California" [syn: try]
4: receive a communication from someone; "We heard nothing from
our son for five years"
5: listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must
hear the expert before we make a decision" [syn: listen,
adj : detected or perceived by the sense of hearing; "a
conversation heard through the wall"