Definition of overhear verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overhear

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈhɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overhear
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈhɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɪr//
 
he / she / it overhears
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈhɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɪrz//
 
past simple overheard
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈhɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɜːrd//
 
past participle overheard
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈhɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɜːrd//
 
-ing form overhearing
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈhɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈhɪrɪŋ//
 
 
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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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