overhear


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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 ?
I happened to overhear two of them talking down in the lobby a while ago.
There is nothing to obstruct the view of those travelling and no one to overhear what they may say.
Individuals who overhear cell phone chatter often try to guess what the unheard talker has just said or thought, contributing to distraction, he proposes.
1 : to take place without planning : to happen by luck <"I merely chanced to overhear Mr.
No film critic questioned how it was she happened to overhear the conversation at the very time of a fluke return to the booth.
The funniest conversations can sometimes be the ones you overhear.
Merle and another apprentice, a former master thief, overhear a nefarious plan by some city council members to surrender to the Egyptians, and set out to foil it.
6 You overhear your history-project partner Chloe tell her BFF about her crush Brad, who happens to be a dork of the highest order.
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A manager, a senior and two staff members (including one who is not a CPA) are sitting in a "bull pen" area of their firm's office when they overhear two employees discussing material nonpublic information about a firm client.
Overheard LA shares submissions from people in Los Angeles that happen to overhear weird, funny, and philosophical conversations.
3 : to do or be by chance <I happened to overhear this.