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Noun: hearing  heer-ing
  1. The ability to hear; the auditory faculty
    "his hearing was impaired"; "his sense of hearing was impaired";
    - audition, auditory sense, sense of hearing, auditory modality
  2. (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
  3. The range within which a voice can be heard
    - earshot, earreach
  4. An opportunity to state your case and be heard
    "they condemned him without a hearing";
    - audience
  5. The act of hearing attentively
    "they make good music--you should give them a hearing";
    - listening
  6. A session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken
    "the investigative committee will hold hearings in Chicago"
Adjective: hearing  heer-ing
  1. Able to perceive sound
Verb: hear (heard)  heer
  1. Perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
  2. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    "I heard that she has two grown-up children";
    - learn, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see
  3. Examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
    "The jury had heard all the evidence";
    - try
  4. Receive a communication from someone
    "We heard nothing from our son for five years"
  5. Take careful note; follow advice
    "We must hear the expert before we make a decision";
    - listen, take heed

Derived forms: hearings

See also: quick-eared, sharp-eared

Type of: center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], chance, comprehend, concentrate, examine, exteroception, focus, legal proceeding, modality, opportunity, perceive, perception, pick up, pore, pore over, probe, proceeding, proceedings, range, reach, receive, rivet, sense modality, sensing, sensory system, sesh [informal], session

Antonym: deaf

Encyclopedia: Hearing, Balance and Communication

Hear, hear