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What is the counterpart to overheard, when I did not heard, but read something in passing? Overread is rather the opposite, namely

To read over, or peruse.

Possible alternatives I could think of are notice and found.

From: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Overread

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    I don't believe there is a single word for this (that means almost nothing). The usual phrase is 'read over your/someone's shoulder'. – ElendilTheTall Jul 10 '14 at 14:02
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I would say "came across", as in:

I was reading the New York Times and came across an interesting piece on....

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Probably to glimpse may fit:

v.intr. To look briefly; glance: glimpsed at the headlines.

  • Thanks, this is nice. Although it sounds a bit like to look briefly at something one intended to look at, at least to me - but I am no native speaker. – miku Jul 10 '14 at 15:16
  • @miku - it can be used to indicate an intentional look at something, But it is often used for casual, brief or incomplete views of something. : to catch a glimpse of the sea. – user66974 Jul 10 '14 at 15:37
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Espy - to catch sight of.

You can use it in several contexts.

I accidently espied a weird word while looking for a word in the dictionary.

I espied a new fact while turning the pages of her notebook.

  • Thanks for teaching me a new word. I think it suits the requirements well. – miku Jul 10 '14 at 15:18

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