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 listen in (audio) , ˌli-​sᵊn-​ər-​ \ noun

Examples of listen in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other users are allowed to listen in and, if moderators of a particular room allow it, chime in. Josh Richards, Rolling Stone, "How Influencers Can Use Clubhouse to Reach Their Audience," 9 Apr. 2021 By allowing people to connect with complete strangers, the app creates opportunities for users to join live chat rooms to discuss or listen in on every subject from getting started in creative professions to burgeoning health trends. Sarah Midkiff,, "Clubhouse Conspiracy: How The Popular App Became A Haven For Anti-Vaxxers," 1 Mar. 2021 Now, Hankasalmi Observatory volunteers in Finland will listen in with microphones to the phenomenon. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Ingenuity Mars helicopter to take flight and 5 other top space and science stories this week," 27 Mar. 2021 Check out this video to listen in on the conversation among all three scientists. The Editors, Scientific American, "A Life in Science, with Elizabeth Blackburn," 6 Oct. 2011 The radio whispered panic about the elections, and my driver, unsolicited, had already imagined, in a soft voice, black drones congregating at night to listen in on our conversations. Ew Staff,, "Read an excerpt from Jeff Vandermeer's new endangered species conspiracy novel Hummingbird Salamander," 4 Mar. 2021 The public can listen in at (877) 402-9757, with access code 1461160#, according to the court. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "As Arctic Refuge oil lease sale looms, a court will consider a request to halt the Trump administration from issuing leases," 3 Jan. 2021 The reading was broadcast over the hospital's closed-circuit TV system so patients could listen in from their rooms, AP reports. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Melania Trump continues first lady tradition of visiting children's hospital during holidays — despite pandemic," 16 Dec. 2020 Facebook, at least, managed to fix a bug that would have let hackers listen in to the other end of a Messenger call before the person picked up. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Listen in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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