In other words, going to a lecture at university that you didn't pay for.

I clearly remember there was a specific verb for that.

  • Lectures at universities are free to students. Do you mean sneak in?
    – Lambie
    Nov 27, 2021 at 16:32

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I don't know exactly what you mean by "lecture" (I recall that there is a difference between British and American English), but if you attend a class without formally registering or paying for it, in America we typically say that you are "auditing" it.

Reference: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audit

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    This is probably what the OP has in mind, although it should be noted that, at most institutions, auditing is a formally defined status, and the regulations require that somebody who intends to audit a course get a permission to do so, register as such, and pay a fee (albeit a much more modest fee than other students in the same course).
    – jsw29
    Nov 25, 2021 at 17:35
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    There's a question on Academia Stack Exchange (a good site for this sort of query) which goes into more detail on auditing: answers suggest differing practices at different institutions. academia.stackexchange.com/questions/52137/…
    – Stuart F
    Nov 25, 2021 at 22:59
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    @David I normally don't provide a reference or citation when it's very easy to confirm. In this case, just about any dictionary will do. Since you requested it, I've added it to the answer. I hope that helps. Nov 27, 2021 at 23:00
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    @David The help pages for this site (specifically, at english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer) say that "links to external resources are encouraged" but never that they are required (as far as I can see), so I'm surprised that someone indicated that "in no uncertain terms." But perhaps that discussion would more appropriate on meta than here . . . :) Nov 28, 2021 at 21:05
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    @David I suppose that we simply disagree about how much effort is required on the part of answerers and how much is reasonable to expect of askers. Nov 28, 2021 at 21:16

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