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

Examples of listen in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vindman had, as part of his duties, listened in on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy, which was at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. NBC News, "Vindman, who provided key impeachment testimony, 'escorted' from White House, attorney says," 7 Feb. 2020 During meetings, Delany would leave his office door open, so Warren could listen in if the subject were pertinent. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU is first stop on new Big Ten commissioner's 14-college tour," 29 Jan. 2020 The Slump God, whose songs racked up more than 700 million listens in close to 80 countries in 2019, was scheduled to close out his 30-date The Stokeley Tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Wednesday night. Brett Clarkson,, "XXXTentacion’s baby son Gekyume was on stage at Ski Mask The Slump God’s concert," 11 Dec. 2019 The president took the call from the White House residence, while officials in the Situation Room listened in and worked to keep a record of the conversation, as is standard practice. Zeke Miller, Twin Cities, "‘Do us a favor’: Trump prodded Ukraine leader to investigate Bidens, memo shows," 25 Sep. 2019 The president took the call from the White House residence, while officials in the Situation Room listened in and worked to keep a record of the conversation, as is standard practice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Memo: Trump prodded Ukraine leader to investigate Bidens," 25 Sep. 2019 Then-Burnley manager Stan Ternent accused Warnock of sending someone to listen in to a team-talk - in a match which Sheffield United won 2-0 to leave Burnley unable to reach the play-offs., "6 Times English Clubs Went Above and Beyond (the Rules) to Gain an Advantage Off the Pitch," 21 Sep. 2019 In January, a vulnerability was discovered in the new group calling functionality that allowed people to listen in on devices before a call was picked up. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Apple Watch vulnerability forces Apple to disable Walkie-Talkie," 11 July 2019 Several days before the impeachment vote, Cipollone was still telling the president that the House might not vote to impeach him, according to advisers who listened in on the discussions. Washington Post, "Trump lawyer Pat Cipollone was a camera-shy Washington Everyman — until impeachment made him a star," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Listen in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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