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.
Recent Examples on the Web Unable to afford an answering service, Clint notes, Rance and Jean saw to it that one or the other was always home to receive calls about acting jobs. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, Jeana called Holmes’s answering service and left the number. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Note that there is a huge difference between an answering service and an intake service. Yec, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The state currently provides an answering service through which residents seeking appointments can only leave messages, Alaska Public Media reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021 Jones said the Garland NAACP is fortunate to have an answering service that typically identifies the caller by the name in which their phone is listed and the telephone number. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 20 Jan. 2021 An answering service has been retained to handle the many calls from people begging for help, now that some parlors are refusing to accept virus victims or are too busy to even answer the phone. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of answering service

1952, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2021

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“Answering service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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