Definition of hearing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhiriNG/


1The faculty of perceiving sounds: people who have very acute hearing
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  • 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.
  • His acute sense of hearing picked up the sound of footfalls coming towards them and he quickly ran to the others.
ability to hear, auditory perception, sense of hearing, aural faculty
1.1The range within which sounds may be heard; earshot: she had moved out of hearing
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  • These incidents may be nothing more than lack of service in a retail store or restaurant, or derogatory remarks made within their 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.
earshot, hearing distance, hearing range, auditory range
2An opportunity to state one’s case: I think I had a fair hearing
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  • Perhaps the opportunity for a fair hearing of her case for her niece's custody would render the other judgments moot.
  • It is confident of a fair hearing because the council is legally bound to decide applications purely on planning law and not political grounds.
  • Market Hall stallholders accused developers of not giving them a fair hearing at the planning meeting in March.
chance to speak, opportunity to be heard;
interview, audience
2.1 Law An act of listening to evidence in a court of law or before an official, especially a trial before a judge without a jury.
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  • But a point that he made was that the judge at the hearing, the trial judge, misdirected himself to causation, and he did.
  • 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.
  • In April, a judge at the preliminary hearing at Stockport County Court ruled the matter was not in the public interest.

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Syllabification: hear·ing

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