hearing

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hearing is part of the Basic English 850.
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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: 'hɪɹ.ɪŋ
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: hear‧ing

Verb[change]

Plain form
hear

Third-person singular
hears

Past tense
heard

Past participle
heard

Present participle
hearing

We use our ears for hearing.
  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you hear something, you use your ears to get a sound from it.
    Are you hearing the music clearly enough, or must I make it louder?


Noun[change]

Singular
hearing

Plural
hearings

  1. (uncountable) The act of hearing or the quality of being able to hear.
    I'm worried about my son's hearing -- maybe his ears were hurt by music that was too loud.
    Hearing is necessary to be a sign language interpreter.
  2. (countable) A trial in a court of law or another kind of event where a group listens to people and makes a formal decision.
    Next week I have an immigration hearing to decide whether I can stay in this country.