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atmosphere; atmospheric
: a computerized electronic machine that performs basic banking functions (such as handling check deposits or issuing cash withdrawals)

called also automated teller machine, automatic teller, automatic teller machine


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Examples of atm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Playing live can become a bit like visiting the world’s most generous ATM. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2024 Elsewhere, dogs roamed the streets under the rumble of artillery and a long line of residents snaked from an ATM machine. Fox News, 9 May 2024 About 20 minutes later, the vehicle was located at a convenience store and cameras showed Reese entering the store and using an ATM, according to the warrant. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 2 May 2024 Recent grid appearances include BITCOIN ATM and SELF-DRIVING CARS. Melissa Kirsch Andrew Lavallee Melissa Clark, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Just one hour after the third Discount Cigarettes burglary, the crew allegedly drove to Dublin and stole an ATM from a Chevron gas station at 4:21 a.m. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Hours after the explosion in Damascus last week, many of Israel’s almost 10 million people went into a panic: hearing pundits in the media predict a massive retaliation by Iran, Israelis stocked up on food and rushed to ATM’s to draw cash from their accounts in case of all-out war. Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 The hub looks like a big portable ATM or high-tech drive-through coffee kiosk. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Read Next Georgia Suspect used bomb to blow up Bank of America ATM, Georgia cops say. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of atm was in 1975

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“Atm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a computerized machine that performs basic banking functions (as issuing cash withdrawals)


automatic teller machine

Medical Definition


atmosphere; atmospheric

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