often attributive
: a system or feature of a system by which a device (such as a telephone or computer) automatically dials a preprogrammed telephone number
autodial transitive verb
plural -s
autodialing adjective
an autodialing modem
autodialing noun
autodialing automatically directs fax and voice mail calls to the right device. Steve Monas and Richard Hooker, Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible, 2008

Word History


aut- + dial entry 1

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autodial was in 1934

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“Autodial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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