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overhear

verb [I/T]  us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈhɪər/ (past tense and past participle overheard  /ˌoʊ·vərˈhɜrd/ )
to hear what other people are saying unintentionally and without their knowledge: [T] I overheard a funny conversation on the bus this morning. [I] They were so loud, I couldn’t help overhearing.
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