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 Essentially, the researchers could listen in to the heartbeats of the stars, which created a kind of music. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The 'beating hearts' of these pulsating stars create music to astronomers' ears," 15 May 2020 Stephanie Grisham, then White House press secretary, listens in October as President Trump spoke to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "White House press secretary, who never gave a news conference, is replaced," 7 Apr. 2020 Debi Chalik listened in horror as Vice President Mike Pence announced at a news conference that 21 passengers aboard the Grand Princess had tested positive for coronavirus. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Centuries-old laws may shield the cruise industry from huge payouts in coronavirus suits," 2 Apr. 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House staffers listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky., "Hope Hicks, former top aide to Trump, to return to the White House as reelection campaign heats up," 13 Feb. 2020 Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient and Iraq War veteran, listened in on the Trump-Zelenskiy call in July. Alana Satlin, NBC News, "Garcia: 'Inescapable documentary proof' of quid pro quo," 25 Jan. 2020 Former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison listened in on the Trump/Zelensky call. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Impeachment Agitates Partisan Passions," 10 Nov. 2019 During the Ukraine call, several others listened in. Deb Riechmann,, "Inside the 30-minute phone call with Ukraine’s leader that’s imperiling Trump’s presidency," 12 Oct. 2019 Documented cases of hackers listening in on baby monitors has prompted some electronics manufacturers to build them in, from buttons that turned off the microphone in smart speakers, to shutters that slide over cameras. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Why the new Microsoft Surface devices don't have a webcam shutter," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2020

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“Listen in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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