Definition of hearing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɪərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪrɪŋ//
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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 CollocationsCriminal justiceBreaking the law break/​violate/​obey/​uphold the law be investigated/​arrested/​tried for a crime/​a robbery/​fraud be arrested/ (especially North American English) indicted/​convicted on charges of rape/​fraud/(especially US English) felony charges be arrested on suspicion of arson/​robbery/​shoplifting be accused of/​be charged with murder/(especially North American English) homicide/​four counts of fraud face two charges of indecent assault admit your guilt/​liability/​responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/​claims/​charges confess to a crime grant/​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 the jury sit/​stand/​appear/​be put/​place somebody in the dock plead guilty/​not guilty to a crime be called to/​enter (British English) the witness box take/​put somebody on the stand/(North American English) 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 not guilty/​unlawful killing/​accidental death 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 pass sentence on somebody 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 X years on death row be granted/​be denied/​break (your) parole
  3. 3[singular] an opportunity to explain your actions, ideas or opinions to get/give somebody a fair hearing His views may be unfashionable but he deserves a hearing.
  4. Extra examples All I’m asking is a fair hearing for my ideas. An appeal hearing is scheduled for later this month. At a preliminary hearing the judge announced that the trial would begin on March 21. At least give our ideas a fair hearing before you reject them. For God’s sake, don’t mention it in her hearing. Her hearing was already going. His hearing began to deteriorate. Is there any chance that he’ll get his hearing back? Most councils hold hearings in public. Pending the hearing of the case by the court, the business will be allowed to continue operating. Protesters are calling for a public hearing. She lost her hearing when she was a child. She said that she had had a very fair hearing from the disciplinary tribunal. She was granted a divorce in a five-minute hearing. The committee has decided to hold the hearing in public. The hearing was told that the child had been left with a 14-year-old babysitter. The judge dismissed the case without a hearing. Their views deserve a hearing. Two months after the accident her hearing came back. We were just out of the captain’s hearing. Whales have acute hearing. You haven’t got much chance of your plan getting a sympathetic hearing. You’ll have to speak more loudly. I’m afraid she’s a little hard of hearing. a course in sign language for both deaf and hearing people to have/​wear a hearing aid a court/​disciplinary hearingIdioms
    in/within (somebody’s) hearing
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    near enough to somebody so that they can hear what is said synonym earshot She shouldn't have said such things in your hearing. I had no reason to believe there was anyone within hearing.
    too far away to hear somebody/something or to be heard She had moved out of hearing.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hearing