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hear S1 W1 past tense and past participle heard
to know that a sound is being made, using your ears:
hear sounds/words etc[intransitive,transitive not in progressive]
Blanche heard a crash as the back door was flung open.
Did anyone see or hear anything last night?
Old Zeke doesn't hear too well any more.
hear somebody/something doing something
Jenny could hear them arguing outside.
hear somebody do something
She heard Tom go upstairs.
hear what/who etc
I couldn't hear what they were saying most of the time.
be heard to do something! Do not confuse hear with listen to, which means 'hear and pay attention to': You should listen to my advice (NOT You should hear my advice).
She didn't want to be heard to criticize him.
to listen to what someone is saying, the music they are playing etc:
listen to somebody/something[transitive not in progressive]
Maggie did not wait to hear an answer.
Did you hear that programme on whales the other night?
I want to hear what the doctor has to say.
I hear what you say/what you're saying spoken (=used to tell someone that you have listened to their opinion, but do not agree with it)
I hear what you say, but I don't think we should rush this decision.
to be told or find out a piece of information:
be told something[intransitive,transitive not usually in progressive]
I heard a rumor that he was getting married soon.
I'm so sorry to hear he died.
She'll be pleased to hear that she can leave hospital tomorrow.
Teresa heard about the decision later.
I've heard of a job which would be just right for you.
This was the first I'd heard of any trouble in the area (=I had just heard news of trouble for the first time).
He was last heard of in Washington (=he was in Washington the last time someone had information about him).
hear anything/much of somebody/something
We don't hear anything of him these days.
so I hear/so I've heard spoken (=used to say that you have been told something or know it already)
There's a nasty infection going round, so I hear.
hear what/how/who etc
Did you hear what happened to Julia?
I've heard it said that they met in Italy.
to listen to all the facts in a case in a court of law in order to make a legal decision:
The Supreme Court heard the case on Tuesday.
to know that someone or something exists because they have been mentioned to you before:
'Do you know Jill Marshall?' 'No, I've never heard of her.'
used to say that someone will continue to complain about something or cause problems:
I'll sue him. He hasn't heard the last of me yet.
used to emphasize how quiet a place is:
You could have heard a pin drop in there.
used to say that you refuse to agree with a suggestion or proposal:
I said we should go back, but Dennis wouldn't hear of it.
used to say that someone will continue to talk about something for a long time:
If my Mum finds out, I'll never hear the end of it.
to imagine you can hear a sound when really there is no sound:
There's no one there. I must be hearing things.
used to emphasize that you are giving someone an order and they must obey you:
I want you to leave right now. Do you hear?
used to emphasize how noisy a place is:
Just shut up, Tom. I can't hear myself think.
13 spoken American English old use
used to introduce an important official announcement
used in a discussion or meeting to say that you agree with what the speaker is saying
used when asking someone if they know a joke
used when you do not believe someone's excuse or explanation
hear from somebodyphrasal verb
to receive news or information from someone:
Do you ever hear from Jack?
Police want to hear from anyone who has any information.
I look forward to hearing from you (=hope to receive news from you).
to listen to someone giving their opinion in a radio or television discussion programme:
a chance to hear from some of the victims of violent crime
hear somebody outphrasal verb
Just hear me out, will you?