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overhear

verb [I or T] uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈhɪər/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈhɪr/ (overheard, overheard)
C2 to hear what other people are saying without intending to and without their knowledge: I overheard a very funny conversation on the bus this morning. [+ obj + -ing verb ] He overheard his daughter telling her teddy not to be so naughty. [+ obj + infinitive without to ] We overheard them say that they didn't really like the meal. I'm sorry, I couldn't help overhearing.
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