answering service


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.

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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 Calls to many local funeral homes went to voice mail, answering services or just rang endlessly as the area deals with widespread power outages. Alex Harris And Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Even the dead have to wait for power as funeral homes struggle without the basics," 13 Sep. 2017

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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