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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.
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Legree could not help overhearing this whispering; and it was all the more exciting to him, from the pains that were taken to conceal it from him.
Gradgrind, who was the person overhearing, stepped forth into the light and said, 'Louisa, never wonder
Frank Churchill returned to his station by Emma; and as soon as Miss Bates was quiet, she found herself necessarily overhearing the discourse of Mrs.
PATRICK'S tribute concert arrives, but instead of being touched, he's secretly fuming after overhearing a conversation between Darren and Maxine at the flat.
Washington, March 14 ( ANI ): Overhearing a one-sided cellphone call is more distracting than exposure to two-sided chatter, a new study has found.
Overhearing someone spewing intermittent exclamations into a handheld gadget lacks the predictability of hearing a two-way exchange and thus proves inherently unsettling, Emberson and her colleagues report online September 3 in Psychological Science.
NEW YORK: Ever wonder why overhearing a cellphone conversation is so annoying American researchers think they have found the answer.
A GAMBLER who fleeced his ex-girlfriend's bank account of pounds 6,500 after overhearing her password must pay her back pounds 100 a week.
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