hot·​line | \ ˈhät-ˌlīn How to pronounce hotline (audio) \

Definition of hotline

1 : a direct telephone line in constant operational readiness so as to facilitate immediate communication
2 : a usually toll-free telephone service available to the public for some specific purpose a consumer hotline

Examples of hotline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the features resulting from this launch include assistance provided in more than 150 languages for the hotline number to immediately find the nearest available vaccination centers. Dr. Alexis E. Carrington, ABC News, "Government rolls out new ways to find COVID-19 vaccine with website, text messaging service," 30 Apr. 2021 The center sent materials, such as coloring pages, home with children during the pandemic with the child abuse hotline number. Ginny Monk, Arkansas Online, "Child abuse centers note rise in '20 cases," 25 Apr. 2021 And The Network recently launched a digital campaign promoting service providers targeted at the ZIP codes with the highest number of hotline calls, Pyron said. Leslie Bonilla,, "Bronzeville family struggles to navigate social safety net after surviving domestic violence: ‘What kind of assistance do people help me with in a situation like this?’," 19 Mar. 2021 On the line was Danny, a Honduran man in his mid-twenties who had spotted the hotline number on a water station near Falfurrias, about 90 miles from the border. Hilary Beaumont, The New Republic, "The Ghoulish, Bipartisan Tradition of Death at the Southern Border," 26 Feb. 2021 The United Way recommends directing individuals to this hotline number for timely, direct relief. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "5 ways you can help those facing homelessness in the cold," 20 Feb. 2021 Calderon said when more vaccines are received, the hotline number — 833-968-1745 — will be reopened. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "WellMed has administered or scheduled all 9,000 of its COVID-19 vaccines," 3 Feb. 2021 Alexis Oatman reports that cuts could not come at a worse time; hotline calls have more than doubled from 2015 to 2019 -- 3,339 in 2015 to 6,924 in 2019. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio breaks record of coronavirus hospitalizations, active cases: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020," 20 Oct. 2020 Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (408) 947-7867. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hit and run could be South Bay city's 13th homicide of the year," 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hotline

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Hotline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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hot·​line | \ ˈhät-ˌlīn How to pronounce hotline (audio) \

Kids Definition of hotline

: a direct telephone line for getting help in an emergency

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Medical Definition of hot line

: a usually toll-free telephone service available to the public for some specific purpose (as to receive advice or information about a particular subject or to talk confidentially about personal problems to a sympathetic listener) a poison control hot line suicide prevention hotlines hot lines

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