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1. An act of secretly listening to or recording a person's telephone or internet conversations, often as part of a police investigation.
2. A device that is connected to a communications circuit in a concealed fashion in order to enable a wiretap.
tr.v. wire·tapped, wire·tap·ping, wire·taps
1. To listen to or record in secret (a conversation carried on over a telephone line or other communications channel), often as part of a police investigation.
2. To wiretap the conversations on (a telephone line or other communications channel), often as part of a police investigation.
3. To wiretap the conversations of (a person) or the communications devices in (a place).
4. To connect a concealed listening or recording device to (a telephone line).
vb, -taps, -tapping or -tapped
(Telecommunications) to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly
n., v. -tapped, -tap•ping. n.
1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.v.t.
2. to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a conversation.v.i.
3. to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
Past participle: wiretapped
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|Noun||1.||wiretap - the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information|
|Verb||1.||wiretap - 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?"|