\ 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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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 Hallinan broke into the industry in the 1990s with $120 million after selling a landfill company, offering payday loans by phone and fax. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Main Line's 'godfather of payday lending' sentenced to 14 years, stripped of $64M, for preying on financially vulnerable," 6 July 2018 The watchdog Cyberspace Administration of China and the State Council Information Office didn’t immediately respond to faxes requesting comments. Time, "HBO Website Is Down in China After John Oliver Skewers Xi Jinping on Last Week Tonight," 26 June 2018 The agreement makes sure that regardless of that distinction, individuals will receive their absentee ballot electronically — either by email or fax. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Justice reach agreement ensuring electronic absentee ballots," 22 June 2018 Seifert asked for questions sent by fax earlier this month but didn't respond. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 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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