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overhear

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verb over·hear \ˌō-vər-ˈhir\

Simple Definition of overhear

  • : to hear (something that was said to another person) by accident

Full Definition of overhear

over·heardplay \-ˈhərd\over·hear·ingplay \-ˈhir-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to hear without the speaker's knowledge or intention

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to overhear something

Examples of overhear

  1. She overheard what her boss said to his secretary.

  2. I overheard a rumor about you.

  3. They were overheard discussing the project.



1549

First Known Use of overhear

1549



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