listen in

verb

Definition of listen in 

intransitive verb

1 : to tune in to or monitor a broadcast
2 : to listen to a conversation without participating in it especially : eavesdrop

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Other Words from listen in

listener-in \ ˌlis-​nər-​ˈin , ˌli-​sᵊn-​ər-​ \ noun

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Alexa, the connected speaker, really, truly, was listening in on your conservations, and behind your back, passed on the recording of a private chit-chat to someone on your Echo contact list. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "More people were using speakers to make calls. Then came the story of 1 Portland family's eavesdropping Alexa," 26 May 2018 During the hearing, Guity-Beckels listened in on the proceedings from behind a door in Roxbury District Court. Jerome Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester man held without bail in double murder of Salem State student, father of three," 14 May 2018 Moments after answering a phone call from her 15-year-old daughter, a Utah woman listened in horror as the girl was brutally slain — and now, authorities are searching for a person of interest in her death. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Utah Teen, 15, Is 'Brutally' Slain While Talking on Phone to Her Mom After Coming Home From School," 9 May 2018 His album Christmas Hymns and Carols was the first classical record ever to go gold, and each year tens of thousands of people heard his concerts live, not to mention the millions more who listened in radio land. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Lobster Bisque from Alex Hitz," 14 Nov. 2013 Prosecutors would usually need a search warrant to gain access to a suspect’s mail and special authorization from a judge for a wiretap to listen in on their phone calls. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Prosecutors seek access to Capital Gazette shooting suspect's jail mail; his lawyer says that violates his rights," 12 July 2018 Instead of recounting the events himself, Mr. Louis positions himself in the novel as an eavesdropper listening in behind a door on a conversation about the attack between his sister and her husband. New York Times, "For the French Author Édouard Louis, His Books Are His Weapon," 19 June 2018 Both players would wear microphones during their event so fans could listen in on what two of the game's biggest stars are saying. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson reportedly planning winner-take-all match for $10 million," 6 July 2018 In an act of remarkable discipline, Ms. Sanders listened in stoic silence without walking out. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Wolf Who Came as a Wolf," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of listen in was in 1905

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