Heard vs herd

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Heard is the past and the past participle form of the verb hear, meaning to perceive a sound with one’s ear, to listen to, to receive information, to listen to a legal case. The root word of heard, hear, is one of the Oxford English Dictionary’s one thousand most frequently used words. The word heard is derived from the Old English word herde. Related words are hears, hearing, hearer, hearable.

Herd refers to a large group of animals that live together. Usually, the word herd refers to hoofed mammals or livestock. Herd may also be used derogatorily to describe a group of people sharing a characteristic. Herd may also be used as a verb to describe the act of  gathering a group of animals or people into a group and moving them in a certain direction. Related words are herds, herded, herding. The word herd is derived from the Old English word heord.


Religious liberty is one of the most common political issues being addressed in churches this election season, according to a new Pew Research Center report, with four in 10 U.S. adults who attended at least one or two worship services in the last few months saying they have heard clergy speak on the topic. (The Deseret News)

Luke Shaw has revealed the ‘good mood’ in the Manchester United dressing room at Wembley after the players heard the news of Paul Pogba’s imminent return. (The Manchester Evening News)

In May, when a Jarry magazine article won a James Beard award, few in the audience had heard of the publication, which put out a single issue in 2015, let alone its cofounder, Lukas Volger, a cookbook author and food entrepreneur here. (The Boston Globe)

The Modoc National Forest is seeking help in finding homes for wild horses from the Devil’s Garden Plateau herd as the forest prepares to gather up to 200 horses this fall from private and tribal lands. (The Herald and News)

“It’s become easier to increase herd size because of better cow care, better cow comfort and also new technologies,” he said. (The Beloit Daily News)

A crack herd of goats has been released at the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan in an attempt to control an infestation of African olive, an aggressive woody weed. (The Sydney Morning Herald)