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

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Other Words from listen in

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

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Her story was one Ellen Fisher wanted this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Philadelphia) class to hear as an illustration of the importance of listening in business. Diane Mastrull,, "Why a bartender fluent in mojitos was a game-changer for Party Host Helpers," 12 Apr. 2018 Last night, The New York Times reported that President Trump’s addiction to his phones could be hurting national security, with Chinese spies allegedly listening in on his mobile calls to try and glean some insight into upcoming American policy. James Vincent, The Verge, "Trump tweets he only has one ‘seldom used’ cell phone, via his iPhone," 25 Oct. 2018 Amazon makes all recent recordings available for listening in the companion Alexa app for iOS and Android. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "How to listen to what Alexa has recorded in your home," 28 May 2018 Scientists will try to pick up these signals from Earth, but two nearby spacecraft will also be listening in. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch NASA engineers track the harrowing landing of a spacecraft on Mars today," 26 Nov. 2018 Of course, anyone can listen in and reuse your code. Kim Komando, Fox News, "5 Amazon obscure settings you should change now," 28 July 2018 According to Reuters, prosecutors are looking to listen in on all Messenger voice calls from the target , similar to a conventional phone wiretap. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s encryption fight will be harder than San Bernardino," 20 Aug. 2018 Sandigo listened in on one of Martin-Godinez's calls from Janet. Lori Rozsa,, "'When will I see you, Mama?': Split at border leads to heartache for migrant family," 26 June 2018 Current and former officials who spoke with the Times said that America’s intelligence agencies have determined that spies from both China and Russia have listened in on the president’s cellphone calls. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Chinese and Russian spies may be listening in on Trump’s cellphone calls," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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