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wiretap

verb wire·tap \ ˈwī(-ə)r-ˌtap \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of wiretap

wiretapped; wiretapping; wiretaps
: to tap a telephone or telegraph wire or cellular signal in order to get information
: to tap the telephone of

Examples of wiretap in a Sentence

  1. The FBI wiretapped his phone.

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First Known Use of wiretap

1918

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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wiretap

noun

Definition of wiretap

1 : the act or an instance of wiretapping
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.

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First Known Use of wiretap

1907

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WIRETAP Defined for English Language Learners

wiretap

Definition of wiretap for English Language Learners

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


wiretap

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

verb wire·tap \ ˈwīr-ˌtap \

legal Definition of wiretap

wiretapped; wiretapping
: to engage in wiretapping
  • had probable cause to wiretap
: 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

legal Definition of wiretap

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 : an electrical connection for wiretapping — compare pen register

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