hear of (someone or something)

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hear of (someone or something)

1. To know of someone or something. Last week, I'd never even heard of that actress, and now, I'm seeing her everywhere!
2. To learn of someone or something. Michael has a new girlfriend? Why haven’t I heard of this?
3. To consider something or allow something (to happen). In this usage, the phrase is typically used negatively to emphasize that one will not consider or allow something to happen. A: "I'd like to pay for dinner to thank you for your generosity." B: "I won't hear of it, my boy! You are our guest." My mother wouldn't hear of us going to an out-of-state college.
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hear of someone or something

to learn of the existence of someone or something. Did you ever hear of such a thing? I have heard of Sharon Wallace and I would like to meet her.
See also: hear, of

hear of

Be informed about, as in I'd never heard of that jazz singer before, but she was very good. [Late 1500s] Also see not have it (hear of it).
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not ˈhear of something

not allow something to happen: ‘May I pay for the phone call?’ ‘Don’t be silly! I wouldn’t hear of it!’He won’t hear of his daughter becoming a police officer. He thinks it’s much too dangerous.
See also: hear, not, of, something

hear of

v.
1. To know of the existence of someone or something: Have you ever heard of this basketball player?
2. To receive news about something or someone: This is the first I've heard of your decision. She was last heard of somewhere abroad.
3. To consider, permit, or consent to something. Used only in the negative: I won't hear of your going!
See also: hear, of