Meaning of “wiretap” in the English Dictionary

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wiretapverb [ T or I ]

/ˈwaɪə.tæp/ us /ˈwaɪr.tæp/ -pp-

(Definition of “wiretap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wiretapverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈwɑɪərˌtæp/ -pp-

to secretly listen to people by connecting a listening device to their telephone, or to attach a listening device to a telephone for this purpose:

[ T ] The court gave permission to have his phone wiretapped to gather evidence.
noun [ C ] us /ˈwɑɪər·tæp/

The government put a wiretap on his phone.

(Definition of “wiretap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)