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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.
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overhear

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

verb hear, listen to, eavesdrop on, catch I overheard two doctors discussing my case.
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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
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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
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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
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overhear

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

vi. oir por casualidad; alcanzar a oír.
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