overhear

verb
over·​hear | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhir How to pronounce overhear (audio) \
overheard\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈhərd How to pronounce overheard (audio) \; overhearing\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈhir-​iŋ How to pronounce overhearing (audio) \

Definition of overhear

transitive verb

: to hear without the speaker's knowledge or intention

intransitive verb

: to overhear something

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Examples of overhear in a Sentence

She overheard what her boss said to his secretary. I overheard a rumor about you. They were overheard discussing the project.
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Recent Examples on the Web The protracted process frustrated campaign aides, including those of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who were overheard venting about the situation. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'Not a hack': Iowa Democratic Party defends delay in release of caucus results," 3 Feb. 2020 Testimony last week revealed that at least three people overheard a July phone call in which Trump and Sondland discussed efforts to push for the investigations. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Trump impeachment hearings: Gordon Sondland’s big moment highlights week ahead," 18 Nov. 2019 Multiple witnesses overheard a phone call in which Trump and Sondland reportedly discussed efforts to push for the investigations. Author: Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry," 18 Nov. 2019 According to police, a customer had overheard two employees who were kidding around. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "An owl is saved, and a priest gets hacked," 19 Feb. 2020 One recent morning, Rebecca George, the owner of Volumes — which first opened in Wicker Park a few years ago, then this second location in late September — overheard a mother and child walking by. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "An indie bookstore opens in the glittering 900 North Michigan mall. So are bookstores are back?," 8 Dec. 2019 Holmes overheard a conversation between Sondland and President Trump on July 26, a day after the president urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open the investigations. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Fiona Hill and David Holmes to testify at impeachment hearing — live updates," 21 Nov. 2019 Multiple witnesses overheard a phone call in which Trump and Sondland reportedly discussed efforts to push for the investigations. Author: Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry," 18 Nov. 2019 Multiple witnesses overheard a phone call in which Trump and Sondland reportedly discussed efforts to push for the investigations. Jill Colvin, The Denver Post, "Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of overhear

1549, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of overhear was in 1549

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22 May 2020

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“Overhear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhear. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for overhear

overhear

verb
How to pronounce overhear (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overhear

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

overhear

verb
over·​hear | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhir How to pronounce overhear (audio) \
overheard\ -​ˈhərd \; overhearing\ -​ˈhir-​iŋ \

Kids Definition of overhear

: to hear something by accident without the speaker's knowledge

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