\ˈfaks \

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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Identical requests from the same person or group often arrived at the office on the same day or within a few days of one another via mail, email and fax. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "GBI inquiring about Atlanta police as part of records probe," 31 May 2018 In-person voting took place at each synagogue Sunday, and those votes were tallied along with ballots dropped off earlier at synagogue offices or cast online, by mail, email or fax. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Two Highland Park synagogues set to merge in 2019," 1 May 2018 Sponsor may in its sole discretion allow transmission of verification documents via fax or email. Union-tribune Rewards, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Enter to Win Two Tickets to San Diego Legion's Inaugural Rugby Season as well as a gift certificate to Hundred Proof!," 11 May 2018 Because original signatures are required, application packages are not accepted by fax or email, the news release said. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "High school juniors invited to apply for FBI Teen Academy in Roseville | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Feb. 2018 Note that fax numbers are governed by different regulations, so signing them up won't do anything. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 ways to finally end robocalls," 13 May 2018 Before implementing the cardiac rehab nudge, the hospital vetted 40 area rehab facilities in Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware, establishing contact with staff and verifying phone and fax numbers, Jolly said. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Rehab after heart attack: How hospitals can make sure it happens," 15 Mar. 2018 But inside the office the investigator spotted faxes bearing the names of trade companies and an invoice for tennis shoes from an outfit based in Busan. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Flight of the Sole Man," 8 Mar. 2018 Additionally, the office has a phone, fax machine and copy center on site for candidates to communicate with potential employers. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Goodwill adds Job Connection office to Delray Beach location," 12 July 2018

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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


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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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