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answering machine

noun

: a machine that answers the telephone and records messages left by the people who call

Full Definition of ANSWERING MACHINE

:  a machine that receives telephone calls by playing a recorded message and usually by recording messages from callers

Examples of ANSWERING MACHINE

  1. I haven't spoken to him yet, but he left a message on my answering machine.

First Known Use of ANSWERING MACHINE

1924

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