American English

Definition of hearing noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to hear Her hearing is poor. He's hearing-impaired (= not able to hear well). The explosion damaged his hearing. see also hard of hearing
  2. 2[countable] an official meeting at which the facts about a crime, complaint, etc. are presented to the person or group of people who will have to decide what action to take a court/disciplinary hearing Topic CollocationsCriminal Justicebreaking the law break/violate/obey/uphold the law be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud be arrested/indicted/convicted on felony charges/on charges of rape/fraud be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting be accused of/be charged with murder/homicide/four counts of fraud face two charges of assault and battery admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/claims/charges confess to a crime be granted/be refused/be released on/skip/jump bailthe legal process stand/await/bring somebody to/come to/be on trial take somebody to/come to/settle something out of court face/avoid/escape prosecution seek/retain/have the right to/be denied access to legal counsel hold/conduct/attend/adjourn a hearing/trial sit on/influence/persuade/convince/advise a jury stand/appear/be brought before a judge plead guilty/not guilty to a crime be called to/take/put somebody on the stand/the witness stand call/subpoena/question/cross-examine a witness give/hear the evidence against/on behalf of somebody raise/withdraw/overrule an objection reach a unanimous/majority verdict return/deliver/record a verdict of guilty/not guilty convict/acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/your acquittal lodge/file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/uphold/overturn a conviction/verdictsentencing and punishment sentence somebody to 5 years in prison/2 years' probation carry/face/serve a seven-year/life sentence receive/be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/jail) carry/impose/pay a fine (of $3,000)/a penalty (of 14 years' imprisonment) be imprisoned/jailed for drug possession/fraud/murder do/serve time/ten years be sent to/put somebody in/be released from jail/prison be/put somebody/spend 13 years on death row be granted/be denied/violate (your) parole ⇨ more collocations at crime
  3. 3[singular] an opportunity to explain your actions, ideas, or opinions to get/give someone a fair hearing His views may be extreme but he deserves a hearing.
  4. Idioms
    (give somebody) a fair trial/hearing
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    (to allow someone) the opportunity to give their opinion of something before deciding if they have done something wrong, often in court I'll make sure that you get a fair trial.
    in/within (somebody's) hearing
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    near enough to someone so that they can hear what is said synonym within earshot (of somebody/something) She shouldn't have said such things in your hearing. I had no reason to believe there was anyone within hearing.
    out of hearing
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    too far away to hear someone or something or to be heard She had moved out of hearing.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hearing