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Definition of 'hearing'

See also: hear 


  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"
       Synonyms: audience
  3. the range within which a voice can be heard; "the children were told to stay within earshot"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: audition auditory sense sense of hearing auditory modality


  1. able to perceive sound
       Antonyms: deaf

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