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hear
past tense & past participle heardPronunciation: /hɜːrd/, /hɜːd/
American English: /hɪr/
British English: /hɪə/

Translation of hear in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    (sound/explosion/music)
    oír
    sorry, I can't hear a word you're saying
    perdona pero no te oigo bien
    I heard you go/going out
    te oí salir/cuando salías
    did I hear somebody mention coffee?
    ¿alguien habló de or mencionó café?
    did you hear what I said?
    ¿oíste lo que dije?
    stop it! do you hear?
    ¡basta! ¿me oyes?
    now hear this (American English)
    presten atención
    be quiet! I can't hear myself think [colloquial]
    ¡silencio! no puedo pensar con tanto ruido
    to hear her (talk), you'd think …
    cualquiera que la oyera creería que …
    I must be hearing things [colloquial]
    debo de habérmelo imaginado
    I've heard it said that …
    he oído decir que …
    he was heard to say that …
    se le oyó decir que …
    let's hear it for the lucky winners/the President! (American English) [colloquial]
    ¡un aplauso para los afortunados ganadores/el presidente!
    Example sentences
    • This may sound cruel but I hear catcalls and people pick on me enough outside my family home.
    • She stumbled out of the way just as she heard the voice, sounding quite irritated.
    • As Claire walked into the main corridor, she heard voices that sounded not too far off.
    Example sentences
    • It is at that point that his mantra changes from a selfish need to be heard to actually listening.
    • He may be willing to listen but will he hear anything that's said?
    • She complains that I don't talk to her and then she wonders why I get so angry because she never listens or hears anything I say.
  • 2 (get to know) I heard it on the radio
    lo oí or me enteré por la radio
    unless you hear anything to the contrary, I'll be there
    a menos que te avise, estaré allí
    from what I hear, they are coming
    según parece, vendrán
    I've heard so much about you
    me han hablado tanto de ti
    he oído hablar tanto de ti
    one doesn't hear much nowadays about …
    hoy en día casi no se oye hablar de …
    have you heard the latest?
    ¿sabes la última?
    I've heard it all before
    ya conozco la historia
    have you heard the one about … ?
    ¿conoces el chiste de … ?
    I hear that you are leaving
    he oído que or me he enterado de que te vas
    he's very ill, I hear
    me han dicho que está muy enfermo
    I did hear from someone that …
    alguien me dijo que …
    I haven't yet heard whether I've got the job
    todavía no me han dicho si me dan el trabajo
    to hear tell of somethingI have heard tell of strange goings-on in that department
    he oído decir que en ese departamento pasan cosas muy raras
    Example sentences
    • I've never heard of a swimming pool anywhere in the world that has banned backstroke.
    • They say the proposed change will associate them with a place most people have never even heard of.
    • What about lab technicians who are rarely heard of but whose competence can be a matter of life or death?
  • 3 (listen to) 3.1
    (lecture/broadcast/views)
    escuchar
    oír
    I hear you (American English)
    ya veo
    ya te entiendo
    Fr Rolfe will be hearing confessions today
    hoy confesará el padre Rolfe
    to hear mass Lord, hear our prayer
    Señor, escucha nuestra oración
    escúchanos, Señor
    3.2 (Law)
    (case)
    ver
    (charge)
    oír
    Example sentences
    • It was pointed out that all other common law jurisdictions hear such cases in jury courts.
    • To hear cases, the judges sit in Chambers of seven, appointed on a rotating basis from within each Section.
    • Three appeal court judges will hear the case on March 31 as he launches his fight against the conviction.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (perceive) I couldn't hear for a while
    me quedé un rato sin poder oír
    hear, hear!
    ¡eso, eso!
    ¡bien dicho!
  • 2 (get news)
    tener noticias
    to hear about something/somebodyI heard about it through Doris
    me enteré por Doris
    I heard about the problems they were having
    me enteré de los problemas que tenían
    have you heard about Sally?
    te has enterado de lo de Sally?
    to hear from somebodyI haven't heard from them for months
    hace meses que no sé nada de ellos or que no tengo noticias suyas
    we're still waiting to hear from the States
    seguimos esperando noticias de los Estados Unidos
    you'll be hearing from us in a couple of weeks
    dentro de unas semanas nos pondremos en contacto con usted
    Example sentences
    • The next news they heard about Belinda was a phone call in 1997 informing them she had been arrested.
    • If we could absorb the significance and importance of every death we heard about in the news then we would be unable to function.
    • Many people saw things as they were reported on the TV news, or heard about them on the radio as they drove along.

Phrasal verbs

hear of

1verb + preposition + object 1.1 (encounter, come to know of) I've heard of him never heard of him!
no tengo ni idea de quién es
if you hear of anything interesting, let me know
si te enteras de algo interesante, me lo dices
did you ever hear of such a thing!
1.2 (have news of)
tener noticias or saber de
she hasn't been heard of since
desde entonces que no se sabe or no se tiene noticias de ella
they were last heard of in Laos
la última vez que se tuvo noticias or se supo de ellos estaban en Laos
1.3 (allow) I won't hear of it!
¡ni hablar!
¡ni se te ( or le etc) ocurra!
I offered to let her stay, but she wouldn't hear of it
le dije que se podía quedar, pero no quiso aceptar
my father won't hear of us giving him any money
mi padre se niega rotundamente a que le demos dinero
2verb + object + preposition + object (have news of) I've heard nothing of them since they moved away
no he sabido nada or no he tenido noticias de ellos desde que se mudaron
we'll be hearing more of this talented young musician
este joven y talentoso músico va a dar que hablar
that's the first I've heard of it!
¡no sabía nada!
¡recién me entero! (Latin America)
I warn you: you haven't heard the last of this!
¡te advierto que esto no va a quedar así!

hear out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
escuchar (hasta el final)
I'll explain if you'll just hear me out
te lo explicaré si estás dispuesta a escucharme
we heard their tale out in silence
escuchamos su relato en silencio

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