Hear, v. i. 1. To have the sense or faculty of perceiving sound. "The hearing ear." Prov. xx. 12.
2. To use the power of perceiving sound; to perceive or apprehend by the ear; to attend; to listen.
So spake our mother Eve, and Adam heard,Milton.
Well pleased, but answered not.
3. To be informed by oral communication; to be told; to receive information by report or by letter.
I have heard, sir, of such a man.Shak.
I must hear from thee every day in the hour.Shak.
To hear ill, to be blamed.
Not only within his own camp, but also now at Rome, he heard ill for his temporizing and slow proceedings.Holland.
-- To hear well, to be praised. [Obs.]
Hear, or Hear him, is often used in the imperative, especially in the course of a speech in English assemblies, to call attention to the words of the speaker.
Hear him, . . . a cry indicative, according to the tone, of admiration, acquiescence, indignation, or derision.Macaulay.
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