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English adjective: hearing

1. hearing able to perceive sound

Similarquick-eared, sharp-eared


English noun: hearing

1. hearing (act) (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence

Broader (hypernym)legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings

Narrower (hyponym)administrative hearing, competence hearing, fair hearing, quo warranto

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. hearing (state) an opportunity to state your case and be heard

SamplesThey condemned him without a hearing.
He saw that he had lost his audience.


Broader (hypernym)chance, opportunity

3. hearing (location) the range within which a voice can be heard

SamplesThe children were told to stay within earshot.

Synonymsearreach, earshot

Broader (hypernym)range, reach

4. hearing (act) the act of hearing attentively

SamplesYou can learn a lot by just listening.
They make good music--you should give them a hearing.


Broader (hypernym)perception, sensing

Narrower (hyponym)auscultation, rehearing, relistening

5. hearing (communication) a session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken

SamplesThe investigative committee will hold hearings in Chicago.

Broader (hypernym)session

Narrower (hyponym)confirmation hearing

6. hearing (cognition) the ability to hear; the auditory faculty

SamplesHis hearing was impaired.

Synonymsaudition, auditory modality, auditory sense, sense of hearing

Broader (hypernym)exteroception, modality, sense modality, sensory system

Narrower (hyponym)absolute pitch, ear, perfect pitch

Domain category membersauditory system

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