listen 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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listener-in \ˌlis-nər-ˈin, ˌli-sᵊn-ər- \ noun

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Instead of recounting the events himself, Mr. Louis positions himself in the novel as an eavesdropper listening in behind a door on a conversation about the attack between his sister and her husband. New York Times, "For the French Author Édouard Louis, His Books Are His Weapon," 19 June 2018 Both players would wear microphones during their event so fans could listen in on what two of the game's biggest stars are saying. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson reportedly planning winner-take-all match for $10 million," 6 July 2018 In an act of remarkable discipline, Ms. Sanders listened in stoic silence without walking out. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Wolf Who Came as a Wolf," 29 Apr. 2018 Dziak said there are more plans to send acoustic equipment down there and listen in on the music of the abyss. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Hear the Amazing and Sinister Sounds of the Deepest Place in the Ocean," 3 Mar. 2016 Or getting to meetings, for that matter: Organizers estimated that 50 people from the area who were unable to attend the inaugural session in person — and a few thousand interested statewide — listened in. Zipporah Osei,, "Non-profit aims to get girls in the game," 1 June 2018 Police cannot listen in on your phone conversations without a warrant. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?," 22 Sep. 2014 Continue listening in the podcast above or download and subscribe to the podcast here. Grant Wahl And Brian Straus,, "World Cup Daily Podcast: How Finalists France, Croatia Mirror Their 1998 Teams," 12 July 2018 He was placed at the second station as well, and said listened in on the judges' feedback to influence his dishes. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "Tempe, Scottsdale chefs fall to pressures of Food Network's chopping block," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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