listen in

listened in; listening in; listens in

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

Other Words from listen in

listener-in \ ˌlis-​nər-​ˈin How to pronounce listen in (audio) , ˌli-​sᵊn-​ər-​ \ noun

Examples of listen in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of gazing at visuals, visitors can listen in on a live audio feed of the museum’s Art of the North gallery -- a living soundscape within the collection of soundscapes. Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2021 Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the frequency 4625 kHz. Lisa Bubert, Longreads, 15 June 2022 Some tools, for example, can listen in on interviews and summarize key themes, while others use games to try to gauge someone’s skills or temperament. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Fans can also listen in on iHeartMedia radio stations and the iHeartRadio app. Daniela Avila,, 22 Mar. 2022 The burners will be harder for China’s extensive system of surveillance to track and listen in on unacceptable thoughts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 Encourage your employees to turn off their video and their mic, and listen in while doing something lightly active — taking a walk, for instance. Beth Trejo, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 But by the mid-1970s, 70 percent thought police should be allowed to listen in. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 The lawsuit said cell-side therapy sessions — where deputies and other inmates can listen in — can exacerbate cases of mental illness. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jul 2022

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“Listen in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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