v. heard (hûrd), hear·ing, hears
1. To perceive (sound) by the ear: Can you hear the signal?
2. To learn by hearing; be told by others: I heard she got married.
a. To listen to (something) attentively or in an official capacity, as in a court: heard the last witness in the afternoon.
b. To listen to and consider favorably: Lord, hear my prayer!
c. To attend or participate in: hear Mass.
1. To be capable of perceiving sound.
2. To receive news or information; learn: I heard about your accident.
3. To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative: I won't hear of your going!
1. To get a letter, telephone call, or transmitted communication from.
2. To be reprimanded by: If you don't do your homework, you're going to hear from me.
Used to express approval.
never hear the end of
To be complained to or told about (something) repeatedly or for a long time.
[Middle English hearen, Old English hīeran; see kous- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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