\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web There was a time when the fax machine was a simple way to transmit sensitive information from one party to another with very little risk beyond sending it to the wrong number. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, "3 ways to protect your information when sending an email," 26 Apr. 2021 So are references destined to go the way of the fax machine, especially as more millennials who grew up on the internet start making hiring decisions? Krithika Varagur, WSJ, "When Job References Still Make Sense Before Hiring," 25 Apr. 2021 At a time long preceding SMS messages, emails, social media or even fax machines, a quarter of a million people attended the 1963 March on Washington. Nadine Hack, Forbes, "Seeking Connection At A Time Of Division: How Technology Can Help Or Hinder," 21 Apr. 2021 Many departments across the country have relied on fax machines to report COVID-19 cases. Michelle R. Smith, Star Tribune, "Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?," 19 Apr. 2021 Ohio Democratic Party David Pepper said the judges agreed with the party's key point: Nothing in Ohio law prohibts LaRose from accepting these applications by fax, email or other ways. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Appeals court panel: Ohio voters don't need 'unlimited' ways to deliver absentee ballot applications," 29 Sep. 2020 The documentation can be returned by mail, email, fax ,or in person. CBS News, "How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election?," 18 Sep. 2020 The library will continue to offer walk-up and drive-up service, as well as print, fax, and copy services. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Cleveland Public Library branch reopenings set for Aug. 24 with social distancing, less computer time," 6 Aug. 2020 Cohere Health works with health insurers and physicians to speed up the prior authorization process, by which a physician may have to request approval by fax or phone for drugs and treatments before an insurer will agree to cover the cost. BostonGlobe.com, "Cohere Health raises $36 million to accelerate push to digitize health care processes," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Fax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fax. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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