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eavesdrop  /ˈivzdrɑp/  verb

[no object]

: to listen secretly to what other people are saying

 — usually + on

  • He was eavesdropping on his sister and her friends in the next room.
  • She was accused of eavesdropping on private telephone conversations.

— eavesdropper noun

— eavesdropping noun [noncount]

  • electronic eavesdropping
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