voice mail

voice mail


: a system in which callers can leave recorded messages for you over the telephone; also : a message left using this system

Full Definition of VOICE MAIL

:  an electronic communication system in which spoken messages are recorded or digitized for later playback to the intended recipient; also :  such a message

Examples of VOICE MAIL

  1. Just leave a message on my voice mail.
  2. I left her a voice mail.
  3. You have two new voice mails.

First Known Use of VOICE MAIL


voice mail

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Electronic system for recording oral messages sent by telephone. Typically, the caller hears a prerecorded message and then has an opportunity to leave a message in return. The person called can then retrieve the message at a later time by entering specific codes on his or her telephone. Voice mail is distinguished from an answering machine by its ability to provide service to multiple phone lines and by the more sophisticated functions that it offers in addition to recording messages.


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