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wiretapverb [T or I]

/ˈwaɪə.tæp/  us   /ˈwaɪr-/ (-pp-)
to ​secretlylisten to ​people by ​connecting a ​listeningdevice to ​theirtelephone, or to ​attach a ​listeningdevice to a ​telephone for this ​purpose: The ​court gave ​permission to have his ​phone wiretapped to ​gatherevidence.
wiretap
noun [C] /ˈwaɪə.tæp/  us   /ˈwaɪr-/
The ​government put a wiretap on his ​phone.
wiretapping
noun [U] /ˈwaɪə.tæp.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈwaɪr-/
Several ​figuresresigned over the ​illegal wiretapping ​scandal.
(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 ​secretlylisten to ​people by ​connecting a ​listeningdevice to ​theirtelephone, or to ​attach a ​listeningdevice to a ​telephone for this ​purpose: [T] The ​court gave ​permission to have his ​phone wiretapped to ​gatherevidence.
wiretap
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)
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