answering machine


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 in a Sentence

I haven't spoken to him yet, but he left a message on my answering machine.
Recent Examples on the Web My father called the network and railed into the void of a megacorporation answering machine. Cynthia Greenlee, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Sep. 2021 Mark McGrath calls his ex, gets her answering machine, begs her to come back. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 10 Sep. 2021 An emergency dispatcher then called the woman but got her answering machine. NBC News, 19 Aug. 2021 Jamie's answering machine recording sounded like a snowglobe or music box was in the background. Rosie Knight,, 1 June 2021 The Pullman police left a message on Pooneh Entezari’s answering machine on the morning of May 1, 1989. oregonlive, 6 July 2021 Taylor and his mother left Donlan multiple messages on his answering machine the day after the killing before Taylor called 911 in what prosecutors said was a ruse to cover up his involvement. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 26 May 2021 Tommy had an answering machine, but was always indifferent to the messages left on the machine for McCarthy. John Tamny, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The day after the killing, prosecutors said Taylor tried to cover his tracks by leaving voicemails on Donlan’s answering machine expressing concern for his well-being. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of answering machine

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of answering machine was in 1924

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English Language Learners Definition of answering machine

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

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Kids Definition of answering machine

: a machine that receives telephone calls and records messages from callers


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