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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Smithereen is secretly listening in to what’s going on in Chris’ car. Ariana Romero,, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019 Some firms are hiring outside companies that specialize in listening in on social media, to report back when conversations veer towards unblinding a trial. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "A Question of Control," 16 May 2019 After you select input and output languages, Pilot listens in, doing its best to provide a real-time translation in your ear and on your screen. Dylan Love, WSJ, "Can Smart Earbuds Instantly Translate Foreign Speech?," 29 June 2018 When Carter Page learned in April 2017 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained a secret court order to listen in on his communications, the Washington Post asked him about it. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "About the FBI’s Spying," 3 June 2019 And then there’s Sean Hannity, whom Trump talks to secretly on his phone (secret from his aides, but well-known to the Chinese officials listening in). Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Let’s stop pretending Trump is just pretending," 30 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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