ro·​bo·​call | \ ˈrō-bō-ˌkȯl How to pronounce robocall (audio) \

Definition of robocall

: a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a prerecorded message to a large number of people

Examples of robocall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

To fight the biggest measles outbreak in the U.S. in more than a quarter-century, public-health officials have tried robocalls, vaccination audits, vaccination orders and $1,000 fines. Betsy Mckay And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "What Can Stop the Measles Outbreak? Officials Lean on an Unlikely Band of Locals," 5 May 2019 The new Pixel 3 uses Google Assistant to limit robocalls, holding A.I. conversations with unknown callers to attempt to determine their legitimacy, but this problem needs to be dealt with at the source. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Avalanche of Robocalls Finally About to End?," 6 Nov. 2018 The move will give carriers leeway to stop spam texts without fear of breaking the law, Chairman Ajit Pai and his Republican colleagues have argued, and will keep robotexts from taking over phones the way robocalls have. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "FCC approves new text message rules, giving carriers more power," 12 Dec. 2018 Race-baiting robocall appears to be going around Florida again. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 The growing robocall menace is proving difficult to contain, but thousands of victims are finding a way to get even — by getting paid. Ron Hurtibise,, "Harrassed by robocalls? How'd you like to get paid?," 9 May 2018 There is no fail-safe way for consumers to keep their numbers from being spoofed and even changing numbers won’t guarantee that the problem will go away, robocall prevention specialists say. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "‘Stop Robocalling Me!’; ‘I Didn’t!’," 31 Dec. 2018 Robokiller took the $25,000 cash prize at the FTC's 2015 robocall-blocking challenge. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "4 ways to stop robocalls as spammers target cell phones," 5 July 2018 The broadband industry was tied to subsequent efforts to mislead the public as to what the bill does, including a recent robocall effort falsely informing senior citizens the measure would dramatically raise their phone bills. Karl Bode, The Verge, "California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality," 1 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'robocall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of robocall

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for robocall

robot + -o- + call entry 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about robocall

Statistics for robocall

Last Updated

13 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for robocall

The first known use of robocall was in 1993

See more words from the same year

Comments on robocall

What made you want to look up robocall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a sum of money that is sent as a payment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!