Definition of hearing in English:

hearing

noun

  • 1mass noun The faculty of perceiving sounds.

    ‘people who have very acute hearing’
    • ‘Alex enjoys playing ball, thanks to his keen sense of smell and his acute hearing.’
    • ‘Our brain gets stimulatory inputs through the special sensory stimuli of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste.’
    • ‘They've lost their eyesight, they have acute hearing and smell, and they function perfectly in the pitch black.’
    • ‘You are no doubt familiar with the five senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste.’
    • ‘At nine her sight and hearing are perfect and she has only had one day off sick in the past three years at school.’
    • ‘Its sight is marvellously keen, hearing exceedingly acute, and sense of smell wonderfully perfect.’
    • ‘His acute sense of hearing picked up the sound of footfalls coming towards them and he quickly ran to the others.’
    • ‘A crocodile's sense of smell is very acute, and its hearing is also excellent.’
    • ‘Would you loose hearing, memory, sight etc by 80 and then still live for another 35 years?’
    • ‘She looked up and found her sight, hearing, and sense of smell had improved amazingly.’
    • ‘Even if one is blessed with the senses of touch, smell, speech and hearing, it is sight that gives shape to imagination.’
    • ‘They do use their potential due to their difficulty in hearing, sight or speech.’
    • ‘Whenever we see bats, we get quieter because they have an acute sense of hearing, and we don't want to scare them.’
    • ‘They use night vision and an acute sense of hearing to find prey in the dark.’
    • ‘They have a keen sense of smell, acute hearing, but poor eyesight.’
    • ‘Although suffering from poor vision, its sense of hearing and smell is acute and of primary importance in locating food.’
    • ‘Most rely more on their senses of hearing, smell, and touch than on vision.’
    • ‘In total darkness, the bird relies on its acute sense of hearing.’
    • ‘Her judgement and sense of hearing had been dulled by the beer.’
    • ‘Now 37, his speech, eyesight, hearing and co-ordination are all badly affected.’
    ability to hear, faculty of hearing, sense of hearing, aural faculty, auditory perception
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    1. 1.1 The range within which sounds may be heard; earshot.
      ‘she had moved out of hearing’
      • ‘I first became aware of this phenomenon in the late 70s when someone I knew sang an odd version of the first line of Killer Queen within my hearing.’
      • ‘No one ever made fun of my sister, at least within my hearing, again.’
      • ‘These incidents may be nothing more than lack of service in a retail store or restaurant, or derogatory remarks made within their hearing.’
      earshot, hearing distance, hearing range, carrying range, range of one's voice, auditory range, sound, range
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  • 2An opportunity to state one's case.

    ‘I think I had a fair hearing’
    • ‘Market Hall stallholders accused developers of not giving them a fair hearing at the planning meeting in March.’
    • ‘The Government Administration Committee had the opportunity to hold its hearing at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.’
    • ‘This lot now deserve a fair hearing, and let's face it, aren't we supposed to be the nation of the ‘fair go’?’
    • ‘Allow only lefties to review books by other lefties, as righties are too opposed to their views to give them a fair hearing?’
    • ‘At the end, both Mexico and Chile stand for a strong UN, where small nations may get a fair hearing.’
    • ‘In these 15 years, the Apaches have not been accorded the courtesy of a fair hearing in Congress.’
    • ‘We have got to work together as a Senate to give this qualified nominee a dignified hearing and a fair up-or-down vote.’
    • ‘The public hearing provided an opportunity and a faint ray of hope that encouraged women.’
    • ‘The Catholic minority in Northern Ireland persuaded a recent Tory Government to give them a fair hearing via PR in their local elections.’
    • ‘Perhaps the opportunity for a fair hearing of her case for her niece's custody would render the other judgments moot.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, conservatives are bringing the push back, saying this is a nominee who ought to get a fair hearing.’
    • ‘Go ahead and follow your interests, but don't expect to get funding, a teaching position, or a fair hearing for your work.’
    • ‘I urge senators of both parties to rise above the bitterness of the past, to provide a fair hearing and a prompt vote to every nominee.’
    • ‘This is not just a matter of maximising access and transparency about council affairs, and providing a fair hearing to both sides of any question.’
    • ‘It is confident of a fair hearing because the council is legally bound to decide applications purely on planning law and not political grounds.’
    • ‘For the oil companies, the Senate hearing was an opportunity to press for even greater concessions from the government.’
    • ‘They were never given a hearing or an opportunity to rebut the reasons for the cancellations as required by the regulations and the constitution.’
    • ‘But they have to be shown that it's OK for them to come in an sit down at the table and that they'll get a fair hearing.’
    • ‘Not every villager believes that he was given a fair hearing, and the issue remains a conversation point on local streets.’
    • ‘In the interest of allowing each party a fair hearing at the disciplinary committee meeting, Tullow Town also declined to make a statement.’
    chance to speak, opportunity to be heard, opportunity to express one's point of view, opportunity to put one's case, chance to put one's side of the story
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    1. 2.1Law An act of listening to evidence in a court of law or before an official, especially a trial before a judge without a jury.
      ‘the court may stay execution pending a hearing’
      • ‘We have no transcript of any of the relevant hearings in the County Court.’
      • ‘But a point that he made was that the judge at the hearing, the trial judge, misdirected himself to causation, and he did.’
      • ‘In April, a judge at the preliminary hearing at Stockport County Court ruled the matter was not in the public interest.’
      • ‘There must be an active judicial hearing or trial where the court is represented by a judge or justice of the peace.’
      • ‘In the case of a continuing wrong done to him a prisoner could expect that a hearing in judicial review proceedings could be obtained with little delay.’
      trial, court case, enquiry, inquest, tribunal, legal proceedings
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Pronunciation

hearing

/ˈhɪərɪŋ/