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eaves·drop

 (ēvz′drŏp′)
intr.v. eaves·dropped, eaves·drop·ping, eaves·drops
1. To listen secretly to the private conversation of others.
2. To gain access to private electronic communications, as through wiretapping or the interception of email or cell phone calls.

[Probably back-formation from eavesdropper, one who eavesdrops, from Middle English evesdropper, from evesdrop, place where water falls from the eaves, from Old English yfesdrype; see upo in Indo-European roots.]

eaves′drop′per n.

eavesdrop

(ˈiːvzˌdrɒp)
vb, -drops, -dropping or -dropped
(intr) to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
[C17: back formation from earlier evesdropper, from Old English yfesdrype water dripping from the eaves; see eaves, drop; compare Old Norse upsardropi]
ˈeavesˌdropper n

eaves•drop

(ˈivzˌdrɒp)

v.i. -dropped, -drop•ping.
to listen secretly to a private conversation.
[before 900; probably back formation from eavesdropper, late Middle English evisdroppyr, appar. literally, one who stands on the evesdrope (the ground on which water from the eaves drips; compare Old English yfesdrype) to listen secretly; see eave, drop, drip]
eaves′drop`per, n.

eavesdrop


Past participle: eavesdropped
Gerund: eavesdropping

Imperative
eavesdrop
eavesdrop
Present
I eavesdrop
you eavesdrop
he/she/it eavesdrops
we eavesdrop
you eavesdrop
they eavesdrop
Preterite
I eavesdropped
you eavesdropped
he/she/it eavesdropped
we eavesdropped
you eavesdropped
they eavesdropped
Present Continuous
I am eavesdropping
you are eavesdropping
he/she/it is eavesdropping
we are eavesdropping
you are eavesdropping
they are eavesdropping
Present Perfect
I have eavesdropped
you have eavesdropped
he/she/it has eavesdropped
we have eavesdropped
you have eavesdropped
they have eavesdropped
Past Continuous
I was eavesdropping
you were eavesdropping
he/she/it was eavesdropping
we were eavesdropping
you were eavesdropping
they were eavesdropping
Past Perfect
I had eavesdropped
you had eavesdropped
he/she/it had eavesdropped
we had eavesdropped
you had eavesdropped
they had eavesdropped
Future
I will eavesdrop
you will eavesdrop
he/she/it will eavesdrop
we will eavesdrop
you will eavesdrop
they will eavesdrop
Future Perfect
I will have eavesdropped
you will have eavesdropped
he/she/it will have eavesdropped
we will have eavesdropped
you will have eavesdropped
they will have eavesdropped
Future Continuous
I will be eavesdropping
you will be eavesdropping
he/she/it will be eavesdropping
we will be eavesdropping
you will be eavesdropping
they will be eavesdropping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been eavesdropping
you have been eavesdropping
he/she/it has been eavesdropping
we have been eavesdropping
you have been eavesdropping
they have been eavesdropping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been eavesdropping
you will have been eavesdropping
he/she/it will have been eavesdropping
we will have been eavesdropping
you will have been eavesdropping
they will have been eavesdropping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been eavesdropping
you had been eavesdropping
he/she/it had been eavesdropping
we had been eavesdropping
you had been eavesdropping
they had been eavesdropping
Conditional
I would eavesdrop
you would eavesdrop
he/she/it would eavesdrop
we would eavesdrop
you would eavesdrop
they would eavesdrop
Past Conditional
I would have eavesdropped
you would have eavesdropped
he/she/it would have eavesdropped
we would have eavesdropped
you would have eavesdropped
they would have eavesdropped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.eavesdrop - listen without the speaker's knowledge; "the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
wiretap, bug, intercept, tap - tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"

eavesdrop

verb listen in, spy, overhear, bug (informal), pry, tap in, snoop (informal), earwig (informal) The housemaid eavesdropped from behind the kitchen door.

eavesdrop

verb
To observe or listen in secret to obtain information:
Translations
يَتَنَصَّت، يَسْتَرِقُ السَّمْع
aflyttelytte
hallgató zik
liggja á hleri
kas slapta klausosislapta klausytislapta klausytis
slepus noklausīties
tajne počúvať
tjuvlyssna
gizlice dinlemekkulak kabartmak

eavesdrop

[ˈiːvzdrɒp] VIescuchar a escondidas
to eavesdrop on a conversationescuchar una conversación a escondidas

eavesdrop

[ˈiːvzdrɒp] viécouter ce qui se dit
The housemaid eavesdropped from behind the kitchen door → La servante écoutait ce qui se disait de derrière la porte de la cuisine.
to eavesdrop on sb → écouter qn (de façon indiscrète)
to eavesdrop on sb's conversation (gen)écouter les conversations privées de qn; (by phone tapping)mettre les conversations de qn sur écoute

eavesdrop

vi(heimlich) lauschen; to eavesdrop on a conversationein Gespräch belauschen

eavesdrop

[ˈiːvzdrɒp] vi to eavesdrop (on a conversation)origliare (una conversazione)

eavesdrop

(ˈiːvzdrop) past tense, past participle ˈeavesdropped verb
(with on) to listen in order to overhear a private conversation. The child eavesdropped on her parents' discussion.
ˈeavesdropper noun
References in classic literature ?
So I judged I'd got to do the other thing -- lay for them and eavesdrop.
Our General Communication dial has caught her talk and begins to eavesdrop.
I'm going into the office, and if it is Miss Cornelia I warn you that I'll eavesdrop," said Gilbert.
When asked whether the national security agency has technical resources for phone tapping and interception of information, the national security agency representative said: "If it is possible to eavesdrop with court sanction, this is possible without sanction.
Another NSA document leaked by Snowden in June suggested that Canada and the NSA had worked with British intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on world leaders at conferences in London in 2009.
Before and after a British soldier was hacked to death in London on May 22 in an incident the government described as a "terrorist" attack, there has been public debate in Britain about giving the security services more powers to eavesdrop.
The source added that, "The companies that manufacture and process these devices refused to complete any contract for fear of leakage of these devices to Syria to allow the Syrian regime to eavesdrop and pursue the opposition.
The alleged bugging of a Labour MP has thrown the spotlight once again on the so-called "surveillance society" and the use of technology to eavesdrop in the name of national security.
Whereas before the government needed a search warrant to eavesdrop on Americans' communications with foreigners, a court warrant is now unnecessary, allowing the government carte blanche to eavesdrop on any American communicating with someone overseas, even if the other party is also an American citizen.
As a defense attachE[umlaut] in Bulgaria during the Cold War, according to reports, he would dress up as a workman to eavesdrop on the conversations of Bulgarian conscripts.
And the government has the right to eavesdrop on such calls as long as a warrant has been issued by the secret court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978--a warrant easily obtained.
You can eavesdrop on a conversation in the gallery's cafeteria through a drinks machine, or listen to George the caretaker's radio through a tube while enjoying a view of the park surrounding the gallery.