Meaning of “overhear” in the English Dictionary

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"overhear" in British English

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overhearverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈhɪər/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈhɪr/ overheard, overheard

(Definition of “overhear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overhear" in American English

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overhearverb [ 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.

(Definition of “overhear” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)