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Dictionary Definition

hearing adj : able to perceive sound [syn: hearing(a)] [ant: deaf]


1 (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence
2 an opportunity to state your case and be heard; "they condemned him without a hearing"; "he saw that he had lost his audience" [syn: audience]
3 the range within which a voice can be heard; "the children were told to stay within earshot" [syn: earshot, earreach]
4 the act of hearing attentively; "you can learn a lot by just listening"; "they make good music--you should give them a hearing" [syn: listening]
5 a session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken; "the investigative committee will hold hearings in Chicago"
6 the ability to hear; the auditory faculty; "his hearing was impaired" [syn: audition, auditory sense, sense of hearing, auditory modality]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Able to hear.
    Deaf people often must deal with hearing people.


hearing (plural: hearings)
  1. The sense used to perceive sound.
    My hearing isn't what it used to be, but I still heard that noise.
  2. A proceeding at which discussions are heard.
    There will be a public hearing to discuss the new traffic light.
  3. A legal procedure done before a judge, without a jury, as with an evidentiary hearing.


sense used to perceive sound
proceeding at which discussions are heard

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Extensive Definition

Hearing may refer to:

See also

hearing in German: Gehör
hearing in Dutch: Horen
hearing in Russian: Слух (значения)
hearing in Swedish: Hörsel
hearing in Ukrainian: Слух

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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