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English verb: hear

1. hear (perception) perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

ExamplesThey will hear the duet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)catch, catch, get, overhear, take in

2. hear (cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

SamplesI learned that she has two grown-up children.
I see that you have been promoted.

ExamplesThey hear that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsdiscover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, learn, pick up, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)ascertain, catch, discover, find, get the goods, trip up, wise up

Verb groupfind, see, witness

3. hear (social) examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process

SamplesThe jury had heard all the evidence.
The case will be tried in California.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)examine, probe

Narrower (hyponym)rehear, retry

4. hear (perception) receive a communication from someone

SamplesWe heard nothing from our son for five years.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)pick up, receive

5. hear (perception) listen and pay attention

SamplesListen to your father.
We must hear the expert before we make a decision.

Synonymslisten, take heed

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet

Narrower (hyponym)incline

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