overhear

verb over·hear \ ˌō-vər-ˈhir \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of overhear

overheard play \ˌō-vər-ˈhərd\; overhearing play \ˌō-vər-ˈhir-iŋ\
transitive verb
: to hear without the speaker's knowledge or intention
intransitive verb
: to overhear something

Examples of overhear in a Sentence

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

  2. I overheard a rumor about you.

  3. They were overheard discussing the project.

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First Known Use of overhear

1549

overhear Synonyms

Synonyms
listen in (on), eavesdrop (on)
Related Words
bug, tap, wiretap; monitor, snoop, spy, surveil; attend, hear, hearken, heed, mind

OVERHEAR Defined for English Language Learners

overhear

verb

Definition of overhear for English Language Learners

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


OVERHEAR Defined for Kids

overhear

verb over·hear \ ˌō-vər-ˈhir \

Definition of overhear for Students

overheard \-ˈhərd\; overhearing \-ˈhir-iŋ\
: to hear something by accident without the speaker's knowledge


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