Have you ever got stuck on the correct past tense of the word hear? This article will explain the conjugations of the word hear and also define hear and give you all the information you need about how to use the word in English grammar.
What Is the Definition of the Word Hear?
The English verb hear is defined as:
- to perceive or become aware of by the ear
- didn’t hear what she said
- thought I heard them leave
- to gain knowledge of by hearing
- heard that you were ill
- to listen to with attention : HEED
- would not hear my side of the story
- hear mass
- law: to give a listening to legal arguments in : to give a legal hearing to
- hear a case
- law: to take testimony from
- hear witnesses
- to have the capacity of perceiving sound : to be able to become aware of sound
- He doesn’t hear well.
- to gain information : LEARN
- tired of hearing about his problems
- to receive communication
- haven’t heard from her lately
- to entertain the idea —used in the negative
- wouldn’t hear of it
- often used in the expression Hear! Hear! to express approval (as during a speech)
What Is the Past Tense of Hear?
The past tense of hear is heard. This would be used in a sentence like: I heard him say that he was skipping class.
How Do You Conjugate Hear?
Here are some conjugations of the irregular verb hear, including the past tense verb forms:
Infinitive: To hear
Present Participle/Gerund: Hearing
Past Participle: Heard
|Simple Present Tense||Simple Past Tense||Future Tense|
|I hear||heard||Am hearing|
|You hear||heard||Are hearing|
|He/she/it hears||heard||Is hearing|
|We hear||heard||Are hearing|
|They hear||heard||Are hearing|
The History and Origin of the Word
The word hear can be traced back to at least the 12th century. It was used at this time by this definition: to perceive or become aware of by the ear. “To hear, perceive by the ear, listen to, obey, follow; accede to, grant, judge”.
It comes from the Middle English language and was spelled heren. Before the Middle English language it was “hieran in Old English, which was similar to the Old German horen. These all meant to hear or listen and gain knowledge of by your ear.
The phrase “hear, hear” originally meant to hear someone speaking. This was used to get the gathering or crowd to listen to what a speaker was saying. This phrase can be traced back to the 1680’s but it wasn’t till 1754 when the phrase began to be used as an exclamation of approval of what someone is saying.
Synonyms of Hear
- Ascertain – to find out or learn with certainty
- Catch on to – to become aware
- Discover – to make known or visible
- Find out – to learn by study, observation, or search
- Get on to – to gain knowledge or understanding
- Learn – to gain knowledge or understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience
- Realize – to conceive vividly as real: be fully aware of
- See – to be aware of
- Wise up – characterized by wisdom: marked by deep understanding, keen discernment, and a capacity for sound judgment
Examples of the Word in Context
- Another officer tells the dispatcher radio traffic should go to a restricted channel so the public cannot hear. — Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Less than 3 minutes passed between when Kenosha police arrived and when Jacob Blake was shot, according to dispatch audio,” 26 Aug. 2020
- His lawyers are waiting to hear if the Supreme Court will grant their emergency motion to halt the execution and look into Mitchell’s case. — Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, “Trump, Supreme Court asked to stop execution of Navajo man,” 26 Aug. 2020
- Yac aims to restore the human connection to workplace relationships by letting people hear their colleagues’ tone and inflection. — Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, “Remember Office Banter? Audio Apps Want to Bring That Back,” 26 Aug. 2020
- Djokovic’s fans will be relieved to hear that a lingering neck injury that necessitated a medical timeout Monday is healing fast. — Ravi Ubha, CNN, “‘It’s like dating a guy that you know sucks,’ says Serena Williams after loss,” 26 Aug. 2020
- Toward the back of the group, Eric Lutz, 21, a junior from Ravenna, Mich., strained to hear. — Washington Post, “‘Will Purdue last?’: University restarts in person amid pandemic,” 25 Aug. 2020
- Another officer tells the dispatcher radio traffic should go to a restricted channel so the public cannot hear. — Joe Taschler, USA TODAY, “Police shot Jacob Blake less than 3 minutes after they arrived, dispatch audio suggests,” 25 Aug. 2020
- If the full 9th Circuit declines, the FTC could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. — Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, “FTC urged to keep up antitrust fight against Qualcomm,” 25 Aug. 2020
- Check out the video up top now to hear all that and more stories from stars Richard Schiff, Marlee Matlin, and Mary McCormack. — Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, “The West Wing stars and creator share their favorite memories from set,” 25 Aug. 2020
Next time you need to write the word hear, you will be well prepared for everything you need to know what it is and how to use it efficiently within American English. If you’re trying to learn English, you should feel confident with the different conjugations, the history of the word, and the definition.