listen in
intransitive verb Date: 1905 1. to tune in to or monitor a broadcast 2. to listen to a conversation without participating in it; especially eavesdroplistener-in noun

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  • listen in — listen to a private conversation. → listen listen in listen to a radio broadcast. → listen …   English new terms dictionary

  • listen in — verb 1. listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑listen • Verb Frames: Somebody s 2. listen without the speaker s knowledge the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife s conversations …   Useful english dictionary

  • listen in — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms listen in : present tense I/you/we/they listen in he/she/it listens in present participle listening in past tense listened in past participle listened in 1) to secretly listen to what someone says listen in… …   English dictionary

  • listen in — verb a) To listen without participating. Do you mind if I listen in on your meeting tomorrow? b) To eavesdrop; to listen secretly. We invite you to listen in to our radio broadcast. Syn: listen, s …   Wiktionary

  • listen in — v. (D; intr.) to listen in on, to (to listen in on smb. s conversation) * * * [ lɪs(ə)n ɪn] to (to listen in on smb. s conversation) (D; intr.) to listen in on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • listen in — PHRASAL VERB If you listen in to a private conversation, you secretly listen to it. [V P to/on n] He assigned federal agents to listen in on Martin Luther King s phone calls. [Also V P] Syn: eavesdrop …   English dictionary

  • listen in — Synonyms and related words: attend, attend to, auscultate, be all ears, bend an ear, bug, buzz, call, call up, cock the ears, dial, eavesdrop, examine by ear, give a ring, give attention, give audience to, give ear, hang up, hark, hear, hear out …   Moby Thesaurus

  • listen in — {v.} 1. To listen to a radio broadcast. * /We found them listening in to the president s speech./ 2. To listen to the talk of others, often to talk that is not intended for your ears; eavesdrop. * /When Mary talked to her boyfriend on the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • listen in — {v.} 1. To listen to a radio broadcast. * /We found them listening in to the president s speech./ 2. To listen to the talk of others, often to talk that is not intended for your ears; eavesdrop. * /When Mary talked to her boyfriend on the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • listen\ in — v 1. To listen to a radio broadcast. We found them listening in to the president s speech. 2. To listen to the talk of others, often to talk that is not intended for your ears; eavesdrop. When Mary talked to her boyfriend on the telephone, her… …   Словарь американских идиом

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