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hear of

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to encounter (something) through hearing or some other form of communication, often resulting in a feeling of slight familiarity.
I've heard of Granville Woods, but I really don't know what he did.She said this painter was famous, but I had never heard of him.What a ridiculous idea! Who ever heard of such a crazy thing?
definition 2: to listen with agreement or consent (used only in the negative).
He would not hear of my paying the bill for dinner.The teenager told her parents that she wanted to take ski diving lessons, but they wouldn't hear of it.