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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
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Galvan says, "This is the first study to use a realistic situation to show that overhearing a cell phone conversation is a uniquely intrusive and memorable event.
Overhearing a whole conversation does not divert listeners' attention, the investigators assert.
Shepherded by those teens and parents who traveled back and forth between the big and small tables, the runners and crawlers also moved about us, overhearing and storing impressions, gathering tidbits they would someday repeat in hushed or happy tones, and keeping us connected to the present and the future.
Researchers said that overhearing one half of a phone conversation is so distracting because your brain finds it hard to predict what words will come next.
A survey of 2,000 executives showed the most common places for overhearing confidential business conversations were restaurants, airport lounges and hotel lobbies.
Overhearing a conversation sparked a career spanning a quarter of a century for a Teesside teacher.
LAKE HUGHES - School officials will hold a parents meeting tonight to discuss a playground incident in which a student reported overhearing a fifth-grader threaten to bring a gun to school and kill people.
Their waitress, overhearing what was being said, finally spoke to Homer.
Researchers at Cornell University including Lauren Emberson, doctoral candidate in psychology at Cornell University, and Michael Goldstein, assistant professor of psychology at Cornell say that we are distracted from overhearing half of a conversation-a halfalogue-but not overhearing both sides of a conversation.