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 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 Conley did not allow reporters to listen in on Tuesday's video conference, but three people familiar with his comments described them to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Judge signals he will expand voting but not delay Wisconsin's election amid coronavirus outbreak," 1 Apr. 2020 According to the Audio Publishers Association study, 74 percent of audiobook consumers listened in their vehicles, often connected to their smart phones. David Lyman,, "Think you don't have time to read? Give audiobooks a try," 10 Apr. 2020 What's funniest about this whole exchange is Dee and Tori listening in, watching and laughing with abject horror on their faces. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: A champ makes the dumbest mistake," 9 Apr. 2020 There is scant chance of Iran listening in the current environment. Tim Lister, CNN, "Iran drives another stake into the heart of the nuclear deal," 6 Jan. 2020 District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry also listened in on the meeting via video conference. Joshua Fechter,, "San Antonio City Council OKs stay-at-home order as dire ramifications of COVID-19 become clear," 26 Mar. 2020 There was a notable moment of reflection on his uneasy tenure at the bank, notes the NYT’s Amie Tsang, who was listening in on the call. New York Times, "Is This the Next Leader of the Fed?," 13 Feb. 2020 His plainclothes security agents loiter and listen in cafes and hotel lobbies. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "A Police State With an Islamist Twist: Inside Hifter’s Libya," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of listen in

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2020

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“Listen in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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