overhear


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overhear

verb attend, become aware of, catch, eavesdrop, exaudire, excipere, find out, glean knowlldge of, hear, intercept, listen in on, listen stealthily, obtain knowledge of, pick up, receive information, receive knowledge of, subauscultare
Associated concepts: eavesdropping, wiretapping
See also: eavesdrop
References in classic literature ?
He went as near as he dared trying to overhear words.
The queen and De Winter continued to converse for some time in low voices, in order that the young princess should not overhear them; but the precaution was needless: she was in deep converse with her own thoughts.
Meantime, however, he could overhear the remarks of various individuals, who were comparing the features of the hero with the face on the distant mountainside.
But how innocently those women are babbling together, without guessing that we overhear them
cried Richard, who happened to overhear the last of this speech between the notes of the wood-chopper’s song, which he was endeavoring to breathe aloud; “that was the starving-time,* Cousin Bess.
More than this I could not overhear, but he seemed to have got some plan in his mind, or even to be feeling a slight return of his hopes.
When I overhear myself speaking sometimes, or look at my limbs, it doesn't seem to be possible.
There is nothing to obstruct the view of those travelling and no one to overhear what they may say.
If you meant no more than this when you first spoke to me, why should you not wish your brother to overhear what you said.
We have been privileged to overhear a prehistoric tragedy, the sort of drama which occurred among the reeds upon the border of some Jurassic lagoon, when the greater dragon pinned the lesser among the slime," said Challenger, with more solemnity than I had ever heard in his voice.
They talk sweet girlish prattle to this animal (when there is any one near enough to overhear them), and they kiss its nose, and put its unwashed head up against their cheek in a most touching manner; though I have noticed that these caresses are principally performed when there are young men hanging about.
Though his looks did not please her, his name was a passport to her goodwill, and she thought with sincere compassion of his approaching disappointment; for, in spite of what she had believed herself to overhear in the pump-room, his behaviour was so incompatible with a knowledge of Isabella's engagement that she could not, upon reflection, imagine him aware of it.