How to use
past tense and past participle
hear sounds/words etc
intransitive,transitive not in progressive
to know that a sound is being made, using your ears
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
She didn't want to be heard to criticize him.
Do not confuse
, which means 'hear and pay attention to':
You should listen to my advice (NOT You should hear my advice).
listen to somebody/something
transitive not in progressive
to listen to what someone is saying, the music they are playing etc
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
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.
be told something
intransitive,transitive not usually in progressive
to be told or find out a piece of information
I heard a rumor that he was getting married soon.
I'm so sorry to hear he died.
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.
any trouble in the area
I had just heard news of trouble for the first time
last heard of
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
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?
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.
have heard of somebody/something
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.'
not hear the last of somebody
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.
you could hear a pin drop
used to emphasize how quiet a place is
You could have heard a pin drop in there.
won't/wouldn't hear of it
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.
I/he etc will never hear the end 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.
be hearing things
to imagine you can hear a sound when really there is no sound
There's no one there. I must be hearing things.
(do) you hear?
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?
you can't hear yourself think
used to emphasize how noisy a place is
Just shut up, Tom. I can't hear myself think.
now hear this!
used to introduce an important official announcement
used in a discussion or meeting to say that you agree with what the speaker is saying
have you heard the one about...
used when asking someone if they know a joke
I've heard that one before
used when you do not believe someone's excuse or explanation
hear from somebody
to receive news or information from someone
Do you ever hear from Jack?
Police want to hear from anyone who has any information.
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
to listen to all of what someone wants to tell you without interrupting them
Just hear me out, will you?
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
Dictionary results for "hear"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.
Explore our topic dictionary
Advertising and Marketing
Illness and Disability
Browse the dictionary
Copyright and legal