\ 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 Still, a workforce that sorts mail by hand and conducts some business by fax has been left in the thick of tax season with millions of pieces of untouched correspondence piled into 53-foot trailers at nearby postal centers. Lisa Rein, BostonGlobe.com, "Taxpayers face long delays as backlogged IRS struggles to open mail, answer phones," 20 May 2020 But with more than 100 labs sending results in varying formats — including some by fax — the pace of counting those numbers has remained slow, Anton said. Dallas News, "‘The more testing the better.’ New Texas coronavirus data show numbers by county," 14 Apr. 2020 Depending on the state, votes may be cast over email, fax, or a web portal. Mauro Guillén, Fortune, "The 2020 presidential election can survive coronavirus, but only if we take these 3 steps," 10 Apr. 2020 For requests sent by regular mail, by fax, or by hand delivery, the normal required response time is extended to 10 business days, up from five currently. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer relaxes Michigan FOIA law, citing coronavirus concerns," 6 Apr. 2020 Wolfe said voters could request absentee ballots Friday in person, by email or by fax. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is a mess': Wisconsin election officials say absentee ballot deadline extension could throw off results," 3 Apr. 2020 Other methods include electronic data transfers between large employers and the BLS, a web reporting system, an automated phone system, and even faxes. Annalyn Kurtz, CNN, "It takes thousands of government workers to compile the jobs report. Here's how they're doing it from home," 5 May 2020 Stock managers then can spend hours each week transmitting orders by phone or fax. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Supermarket After the Pandemic," 17 Apr. 2020 In the long term, Ms. Shen and Mr. Prasad are trying to increase transparency in the market and digitize relationships that are often still conducted by phone and fax. Ellen Rosen, New York Times, "As Demand Surges, Supplying and Shipping Take on New Importance," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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Last Updated

26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fax. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce fax (audio)

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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