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HEAR, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive heard, but more correctly heared.

[Latin audio; auris.]

1. To perceive by the ear; to feel an impression of sound by the proper organs; as, to hear sound; to hear a voice; to hear words.

2. To give audience or allowance to speak.

He sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Acts 24:4.

3. To attend; to listen; to obey.

Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart. Psalms 95:7.

4. To attend favorably; to regard.

They think they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7.

5. To grant an answer to prayer.

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice. Psalms 116:1.

6. To attend to the facts, evidence, and arguments in a cause between parties; to try in a court of law or equity. The cause was heard and determined at the last term; or, it was heard at the last term, and will be determined at the next. Song of Solomon 2:14Sam.15.

7. To acknowledge a title; a Latin phrase.

HEAR'st thou submissive, but a lowly birth.

8. To be a hearer of; to sit under the preaching of; as, what minister do you hear? [A colloquial use of the word.]

9. To learn.

I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. John 8:43.

10. To approve and embrace.

They speak of the world, and the world heareth them. l John 4:1.

To hear a bird sing, to receive private communication.

HEAR, verb intransitive To enjoy the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. He is deaf, he cannot hear

1. To listen; to hearken; to attend.

He hears with solicitude.

2. To be told; to receive by report.

I hear there are divisions among you, and I partly believe it. 1 Corinthians 11:18.