1 be aware of sounds
clearly, well

He's getting old and he can't hear very well.

barely, just

I could just hear the music in the distance.


Distantly he heard the report of another gun.


‘Sheep?’ It sounded so unlikely that Sally did not think she could have heard correctly.


Can you hear me clearly at the back?

pretend not to
strain to
2 be told about sth
be delighted to, be glad to, be gratified to, be pleased to

I was delighted to hear about your promotion.

be sorry to

I was sorry to hear of your father's death.

be interested to, be surprised to

I was surprised to hear that she was married.

want to

I told Michael what he wanted to hear.

let sb

Let's hear you sing.

You'd better not let Dad hear you say that.


I've heard about this sort of thing before.


On hearing of his plight, a businessman offered him a job.

hear little, a lot, nothing, etc. about sth

We hear very little about these issues nowadays.

Hear is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑conference, ↑court, ↑ear, ↑enquiry, ↑inquest, ↑jury, ↑magistrate, ↑meeting, ↑tribunal
Hear is used with these nouns as the object: ↑announcement, ↑answer, ↑appeal, ↑applause, ↑argument, ↑bang, ↑banter, ↑beat, ↑bell, ↑bellow, ↑blast, ↑boom, ↑broadcast, ↑buzz, ↑cackle, ↑call, ↑case, ↑chant, ↑cheer, ↑chuckle, ↑claim, ↑clamour, ↑clang, ↑clatter, ↑click, ↑comment, ↑commotion, ↑complaint, ↑confession, ↑conversation, ↑crack, ↑crash, ↑creak, ↑cry, ↑curse, ↑detail, ↑din, ↑disappointment, ↑disbelief, ↑disc, ↑doorbell, ↑drone, ↑echo, ↑evidence, ↑excuse, ↑explosion, ↑expression, ↑fate, ↑footstep, ↑gasp, ↑giggle, ↑gospel, ↑gossip, ↑grievance, ↑groan, ↑growl, ↑grunt, ↑gunfire, ↑gunshot, ↑gurgle, ↑hammering, ↑headline, ↑heartbeat, ↑hesitation, ↑hiss, ↑howl, ↑hum, ↑intake, ↑joke, ↑knock, ↑laugh, ↑lecture, ↑mass, ↑measure, ↑melody, ↑mention, ↑moan, ↑murmur, ↑music, ↑mutter, ↑name, ↑news, ↑noise, ↑peal, ↑peep, ↑petition, ↑piece, ↑play, ↑plea, ↑prayer, ↑preacher, ↑racket, ↑recording, ↑refrain, ↑remark, ↑reply, ↑report, ↑roar, ↑rumble, ↑rumour, ↑rustle, ↑sadness, ↑say, ↑scream, ↑sermon, ↑shout, ↑shriek, ↑sigh, ↑siren, ↑slam, ↑smash, ↑snatch, ↑sniff, ↑snippet, ↑snort, ↑sob, ↑sound, ↑speak, ↑splash, ↑squeak, ↑squeal, ↑story, ↑submission, ↑summons, ↑swear, ↑tale, ↑talk, ↑tap, ↑taunt, ↑testimony, ↑thing, ↑thought, ↑throb, ↑thud, ↑thump, ↑tinkle, ↑tone, ↑toot, ↑tread, ↑twang, ↑vibration, ↑voice, ↑wail, ↑whimper, ↑whine, ↑whisper, ↑whistle, ↑witness, ↑word, ↑work, ↑yawn, ↑yell, ↑yelp

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