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Definition of overhear verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

overhear

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overhear
 
he / she / it overhears
 
past simple overheard
 
-ing form overhearing
 
 
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to hear, especially by accident, a conversation in which you are not involved overhear somebody/something We talked quietly so as not to be overheard. I overheard a conversation between two boys on the bus. overhear somebody doing something We overheard them arguing. overhear somebody do something I overheard him say he was going to France. compare eavesdrop
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