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o·ver·hear

 (ō′vər-hîr′)
v. o·ver·heard (-hûrd′), o·ver·hear·ing, o·ver·hears
v.tr.
To hear (speech or someone speaking) without the speaker's awareness or intent.
v.intr.
To hear something without the speaker's awareness or intent.

o′ver·hear′er n.

overhear

(ˌəʊvəˈhɪə)
vb, -hears, -hearing or -heard
(tr) to hear (a person, remark, etc) without the knowledge of the speaker

o•ver•hear

(ˌoʊ vərˈhɪər)

v.t. -heard, -hear•ing.
to hear (speech or a speaker) without the speaker's intention or knowledge.
[1540–50]

overhear


Past participle: overheard
Gerund: overhearing

Imperative
overhear
overhear
Present
I overhear
you overhear
he/she/it overhears
we overhear
you overhear
they overhear
Preterite
I overheard
you overheard
he/she/it overheard
we overheard
you overheard
they overheard
Present Continuous
I am overhearing
you are overhearing
he/she/it is overhearing
we are overhearing
you are overhearing
they are overhearing
Present Perfect
I have overheard
you have overheard
he/she/it has overheard
we have overheard
you have overheard
they have overheard
Past Continuous
I was overhearing
you were overhearing
he/she/it was overhearing
we were overhearing
you were overhearing
they were overhearing
Past Perfect
I had overheard
you had overheard
he/she/it had overheard
we had overheard
you had overheard
they had overheard
Future
I will overhear
you will overhear
he/she/it will overhear
we will overhear
you will overhear
they will overhear
Future Perfect
I will have overheard
you will have overheard
he/she/it will have overheard
we will have overheard
you will have overheard
they will have overheard
Future Continuous
I will be overhearing
you will be overhearing
he/she/it will be overhearing
we will be overhearing
you will be overhearing
they will be overhearing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overhearing
you have been overhearing
he/she/it has been overhearing
we have been overhearing
you have been overhearing
they have been overhearing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overhearing
you will have been overhearing
he/she/it will have been overhearing
we will have been overhearing
you will have been overhearing
they will have been overhearing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overhearing
you had been overhearing
he/she/it had been overhearing
we had been overhearing
you had been overhearing
they had been overhearing
Conditional
I would overhear
you would overhear
he/she/it would overhear
we would overhear
you would overhear
they would overhear
Past Conditional
I would have overheard
you would have overheard
he/she/it would have overheard
we would have overheard
you would have overheard
they would have overheard
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overhear - hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
hear - perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
catch, get - perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

overhear

verb hear, listen to, eavesdrop on, catch I overheard two doctors discussing my case.
Translations
يَسْتَرِق السَّمْع
komme til at høreoverhøre
véletlenül meghall
heyra á tal annarra
nugirsti
nejauši dzirdētnoklausīties
slučajno slišati
istemeden dinlemekkulak misafiri olmak

overhear

[ˌəʊvəˈhɪəʳ] (overheard (pt, pp)) [ˌəʊvəˈhɜːd]
A. VToír (por casualidad)
I couldn't help overhearing their conversationno pude evitar oír su conversación
she was overheard complainingse la oyó quejarse
B. VI be careful, someone might overhearten cuidado, alguien podría oírnos

overhear

[ˌəʊvərˈhɪər] [overheard] (pt, pp) vt [+ person] → surprendre; [+ things said] → entendre
Judy overheard him telling the children about it → Judy le surprit en train d'en parler aux enfants.
I couldn't help overhearing what you were saying → Je n'ai pas pu m'empêcher d'entendre ce que vous avez dit.
to overhear a conversation → surprendre une conversation

overhear

pret, ptp <overheard>
vtzufällig mit anhören, zufällig mitbekommen; we don’t want him to overhear uswir wollen nicht, dass er uns zuhören kann or dass er mitbekommt, was wir sagen; I overheard them plottingich hörte zufällig, wie sie etwas ausheckten; things you overhear in barsDinge, die man in Bars so mit anhört or mitbekommt; the other day he was overheard to say that …neulich hat ihn jemand sagen hören, dass …; he was being overheardjemand hörte mit

overhear

[ˌəʊvəˈhɪəʳ] (overheard (pt, pp)) [ˌəʊvəˈhɜːd] vt (accidentally) → sentire per caso; (deliberately) → ascoltare
she was overheard complaining → qualcuno l'ha sentita lamentarsi

overhear

(əuvəˈhiə) past tense, past participle ˌoverˈheard (-ˈhəːd) verb
to hear (what one was not intended to hear). She overheard two people talking in the next room.

overhear

vi. oir por casualidad; alcanzar a oír.
References in classic literature ?
But while the King was still instructing the courtier exactly what he was to say, the first man of the ship's company, the one with the miraculous power of hearing, had overheard the King's words, and hastily reported them to the poor Simpleton.
He reminded her of their first encounter in the Otradnoe avenue, and how she had been unable to sleep that moonlight night, and told her how he had involuntarily overheard her.
AN Ancient Maiden, standing on the edge of a wharf near a Modern Swain, was overheard rehearsing the words:
I can understand your mortification at the tone in which it is written, and your distress at the manner in which this unhappy woman has interpreted the conversation that she overheard at your house.
Here he listened, and not without result, for almost the first words he overheard filled him with excitement.
He asked this softly, at a moment when there was talking going on near, so that he had hoped his question would not be overheard.
I was with the Philadelphia Institute expedition in the Bad Lands under Professor Cope, hunting mastodon bones, and I overheard him say, his own self, that any plantigrade circumflex vertebrate bacterium that hadn't wings and was uncertain was a reptile.
Subsequently she had gathered, from the conversations she had overheard among the negroes, as she glided about in her ghostly disguise, after nightfall, who he was, and in what relation he stood to Tom.
Meantime, he ran on, little supposing he was overheard.
Tell him that our conversation at the inn of the Red Dovecot was overheard by these four men; tell him that after his departure one of them came up to me and took from me by violence the safe-conduct which he had given me; tell him they warned Lord de Winter of my journey to England; that this time they nearly foiled my mission as they foiled the affair of the studs; tell him that among these four men two only are to be feared--D'Artagnan and Athos; tell him that the third, Aramis, is the lover of Madame de Chevreuse--he may be left alone, we know his secret, and it may be useful; as to the fourth, Porthos, he is a fool, a simpleton, a blustering booby, not worth troubling himself about.
We were in a part of the shop most frequented by ladies, and we overheard a few tete-a-tetes that were not without amusement.
From scraps of conversation which we overheard it was evident that the black pirates were searching for a party of fugitives that had escaped them several days prior.