answering service

noun

Definition of answering service

: a commercial service that answers telephone calls for its clients

Examples of answering service in a Sentence

The doctor is not in the office now, but you can reach her answering service at this number if you have an emergency.
Recent Examples on the Web The funeral home’s answering service has been inundated with calls from people who have recently lost family members to COVID-19. Victor Llorente, Popular Mechanics, "Inside a New York City Funeral Home’s Mission to Keep Bodies Out of Mass Graves," 24 Apr. 2020 Our Daily Bread Noon day meals, weekend snack pack program, bus passes, counseling, personal care items, limited health screening and referrals, phone answering service and mailing address for homeless in Denton County. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "The Dallas Morning News Charities campaign ends with $1.3 million in donations," 7 Feb. 2020 Supplemental funding from grants and municipalities sustained 211's limited live-answering service until July. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Arizona lawmakers tie funding for state's 211 crisis hotline to creation of anti-abortion program," 6 Feb. 2020 Office Evolution also provides phone-answering services, address and mail services and other professional capabilities. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Office Evolution inks coworking lease in Energy Corridor," 8 Jan. 2020 Our Daily Bread Noon meals, weekend snack pack program, bus passes, counseling, personal care items, limited health screening and referrals, phone answering service and mailing address for homeless in Denton County. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Mission Oak Cliff has provided hope to community for nearly 70 years," 1 Jan. 2020 In one bucket used by a real estate answering services company, NBC News found millions of voicemails, mostly apartment inquiries and maintenance requests, that included the caller’s name and cell phone number. NBC News, "How online 'cloud buckets' are exposing private photos and other sensitive data," 29 Dec. 2019 His father owned a furniture store and later a telephone answering service. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Alan Diamonstein, power broker in Virginia Democratic Party, dies at 88," 18 Oct. 2019 Already, people are using AI systems in their homes, in less human-sounding phone answering services, and many other applications. Jason Lemon, ajc, "Should we be concerned about Google's new human-like AI assistant?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of answering service

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Answering service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/answering%20service. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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answering service

noun

English Language Learners Definition of answering service

: a business that answers telephone calls and takes messages for the people and businesses that hire it

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