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wiretap

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verb wire·tap \ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌtap\

Definition of wiretap

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to tap a telephone or telegraph wire or cellular signal in order to get information

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to tap the telephone of

Examples of wiretap in a Sentence

  1. The FBI wiretapped his phone.

1918

First Known Use of wiretap

1918


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wiretap

noun wire·tap

Definition of wiretap

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of wiretapping

  2. 2 :  an electrical connection for wiretapping

Examples of wiretap in a Sentence

  1. Federal agents put a wiretap on his phone.

  2. Investigators listened to the wiretaps for clues about the suspect's whereabouts.

1907

First Known Use of wiretap

1907


WIRETAP Defined for English Language Learners

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wiretap

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verb wire·tap \ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌtap\

Definition of wiretap for English Language Learners

  • : to place a device on (someone's phone) in order to secretly listen to telephone calls

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wiretap

noun wire·tap

Definition of wiretap for English Language Learners

  • : a device that allows someone to secretly listen to phone conversations

  • : a conversation that has been recorded using a wiretap


Law Dictionary

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wiretap

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verb wire·tap \ˈwīr-ˌtap\

Legal Definition of wiretap

wiretapped

wiretapping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in wiretapping had probable cause to wiretap
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to interpret through wiretapping a wiretapped telephone conversation; also :  to connect to the telephone line of for the purpose of wiretapping wiretapped her home — compare bug, eavesdrop


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wiretap

noun wire·tap

Legal Definition of wiretap

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of wiretapping we have held previously that wiretaps are a form of a search — Whack v. State, 615 A.2d 1226 (1992)

  2. 2 :  an electrical connection for wiretapping — compare pen register


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