1 [intransitive, transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be aware of sounds with your earsI can't hear very well.hear something/somebody She heard footsteps behind her.I couldn't hear anything.hear somebody/something doing something He could hear a dog barking.hear somebody/something do something Did you hear him go out?I heard a car drive off.hear what… Didn't you hear what I said?somebody/something is heard to do something She has been heard to make threats to her former lover.2 [transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to listen or pay attention to somebody/somethinghear something Did you hear that play on the radio last night?a chance to hear the first movement againto hear both sides of the argumenthear somebody/something/yourself do something Be quiet—I can't hear myself think! (= it is so noisy that I can't think clearly)Have you ever heard him lecture?hear what… We'd better hear what they have to say.I hear what you're saying (= I have listened to your opinion), but you're wrong.3 [intransitive, transitive] (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to be told about somethingHaven't you heard? She resigned.‘I'm getting married.’ ‘So I've heard.’Things are going well from what I hear.hear about somebody/something I was sorry to hear about your accident.Wait till he hears about this.I've heard about people like you.hear something We had heard nothing for weeks.I was delighted to hear your good news.hear (that)… I was surprised to hear (that) he was married.I hear you've been away this weekend.hear it said (that)… I've heard it said (that) they met in Italy.hear what, how, etc… Did you hear what happened?4 [transitive] hear something to listen to and judge a case in courtThe appeal was heard in private.Today the jury began to hear the evidence.
have you heard the one about…?
used to ask somebody if they have heard a particular joke before
used to show that you agree with or approve of what somebody has just said, especially during a speech
hear tell (of something)(old-fashioned or formal) to hear people talking about somethingI've often heard tell of such things.
I've heard it all before(informal) used to say that you do not really believe somebody's promises or excuses because they are the same ones you have heard before
let's hear it for…(informal) used to say that somebody/something deserves praiseLet's hear it for the teachers, for a change.
not/never hear the end of it
to keep being reminded of something because somebody is always talking to you about itIf we don't get her a dog we'll never hear the end of it.
you could hear a pin drop
it was extremely quietThe audience was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
more at hear/see the last of somebody/somethingthe last I heard at last noun, seeing/hearing things at thing, make your voice heard at voice noun
(do) you hear (me)?(informal) used to tell somebody in an angry way to pay attention and obey youYou can't go—do you hear me?