\ ˈfaks How to pronounce fax (audio) \

Definition of fax

2 : a device used to send or receive facsimile communications
3 : a facsimile communication

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Other Words from fax

fax verb

Examples of fax in a Sentence

She sent me a copy of her report by fax. She sent me a fax of her report.

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Traxx did not respond to emails, phone calls and a fax seeking comment on the charge. Jon Hamilton, Dallas News, "Austin woman's spinal surgery brings back-breaking $94,000 bill a year later," 20 June 2019 All requests for refunds must be sent to National Geographic Expeditions in writing via mail, fax, or email. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet - 2020 Departure," 19 Apr. 2019 The Ministry of Finance didn’t immediately respond Thursday to a fax seeking comment on the measures. Fortune, "China May Be About to Cut Import Tariffs on Lipstick and Food and Everything in Between," 24 May 2018 The Chinese defense ministry did not immediately respond to a fax seeking comment. Fox News, "Report: China ramps up security presence in Tajikistan," 15 Mar. 2018 But worries over Brown's academic slide led Tennessee to back off its scholarship offer just days before the time came to fax over a Letter of Intent. Brian Hamilton, SI.com, "Better than Zeus: Driven by dad's success and failure, life and death, Orlando Brown Jr. aims to be own legend," 13 Sep. 2016 Fort Worth police issued an Amber Alert for her, but it was not delivered to radio stations because of a problem with a fax machine. Dallas News, "Forest Hill officer terminated over response in kidnapping case; man indicted on federal charge," 19 June 2019 The firm manufactured products used in fax machines, GPS devices and copy machines, and customers were in the medical, office and defense industries. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Marvin Wortell, metal fabricating firm owner active with Chicago Maritime Society, dies at 100," 11 June 2019 The Amber Alert did not go out properly due to a faulty fax machine at a command post on scene, but officials have already made changes to prevent such mishaps in the future, Lt. Kaley Johnson, star-telegram, "After girl’s kidnapping, residents question officials, police at neighborhood meeting," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of fax

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fax

by shortening & alteration

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English Language Learners Definition of fax

: a system for sending and receiving printed materials (such as documents and drawings) and photographs using telephone lines
: a machine used in this system
: something (such as a document or a photograph) that is sent or received by fax


\ ˈfaks How to pronounce fax (audio) \

Kids Definition of fax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a machine used to send or receive material by facsimile
3 : something sent or received by facsimile


faxed; faxing

Kids Definition of fax (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send material by facsimile

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