Definition of overhear in English:


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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈhɪə

verb (past and past participle overheard)

[with object]
  • Hear (someone or something) without meaning to or without the knowledge of the speaker: I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation
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    • Children will hear conversations and overhear information on radio, TV and from the playground network.
    • The researchers will also note every time they hear or overhear the words being used in conversation.
    • We ended our snack (better described as lunch) with a large pot of Chinese tea, overhearing snatches of conversation from a neighbouring table.

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