listen in

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Related to listen in: use, tenacity, didn't, imminent


intr.v. lis·tened, lis·ten·ing, lis·tens
1. To make an effort to hear something: listen to the radio; listen for the bell that ends class.
2. To pay attention; heed: "She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit" (Maya Angelou).
An act of listening: Would you like to give the CD a listen before buying it?
Phrasal Verb:
listen in
1. To listen to a conversation between others; eavesdrop.
2. To tune in and listen to a broadcast.
listen up
Used as command to get a group or individual to pay attention: Listen up, everyone—we have to evacuate!

[Middle English listenen, alteration (influenced by listen, to list, listen; see list4) of Old English hlysnan; see kleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

lis′ten·er n.
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listen in

1. to listen to the radio
2. (Communications & Information) to intercept radio communications
3. to listen but not contribute (to a discussion), esp surreptitiously
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.listen in - listen quietly, without contributing to the conversation
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
2.listen in - 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?"
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w>listen in

vi(im Radio) hören (→ to sth etw acc); (= listen secretly)mithören (→ on sth etw acc); I’d like to listen in on or to your discussionich möchte mir Ihre Diskussion mit anhören
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