Definition of listen in in English:

listen in

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phrasal verb

  • 1Listen to a private conversation, especially secretly.

    ‘undercover detectives placed bugs in his family home and listened in as his relatives openly discussed the murder and cover-up’
    • ‘others can listen in to any transmissions’
    • ‘At this point, I decided to stop listening in on their private conversation.’
    • ‘Others noted that he listened in on private City Hall conversations thanks to microphones hidden in the ceiling.’
    • ‘Tim would probably enter my room any second now to scold me for listening in to his private calls.’
    • ‘I can't get into his most private thoughts and listen in as I can with so many other people.’
    • ‘Julia picks up the phone and prepares to dial but she hears two male voices and it hits her that she is listening in to a private phone call.’
    • ‘I hurried him into my room and shut the door behind us; I didn't want any eavesdroppers listening in on our conversation.’
    • ‘State-of-the-art eavesdropping equipment is used to listen in to his conversations.’
    • ‘It's handy - it lets you have a private conversation without the rest of the world listening in.’
    • ‘So if Eugene is on the phone talking with Sasha, it's a crime for Stuart to install a monitoring device that listens in.’
    • ‘She was listening in secret so the two wouldn't be afraid to talk.’
    eavesdrop, spy
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    1. 1.1Listen to a radio broadcast.
      ‘there were about 30 people in the audience, but thousands listened in as the session was broadcast live’
      • ‘Previously, they were only permitted to listen in on satellite and radio relay links.’
      • ‘Villages and settlements, especially in urban areas, take sides, and gather around community television sets, or listen in on radio.’