ro·bo·call | \ ˈrō-bō-ˌkȯl \

Definition of robocall 

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

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Tap or click here for seven ways to stop robocalls. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Stop robocalls, free TV, anonymous browsing and more: Tech Q&A," 7 July 2018 To be sure, consumers are making some, limited headway against unwanted robocalls. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018 Duncan no longer answers calls from unknown numbers and wants the robocalls to stop. CBS News, "As robocalls skyrocket, is the government doing enough to stop them?," 23 Mar. 2018 Letters will be sent to voters telling them that their provisional ballots were counted, the office said, and some may also receive emails and robocalls. Dakota Smith,, "L.A. County registrar seeks independent review on thousands of people not listed on voter rosters," 8 June 2018 On average, there are 1,297 robocalls placed per second in the United States. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Why a $120 Million Fine Will Do Nothing to Stop Robocalls," 11 May 2018 Schurick was not incarcerated, but Julius Henson, a political consultant who wrote the robocall, was sentenced to 60 days in jail. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Gonzales files ethics complaint," 16 Mar. 2018 The frequency of robocalls has been on the rise, with the 4.1 billion robocalls made throughout the U.S. in May representing the highest total for one month since YouMail started tracking the number in June 2015. Marco Santana,, "Robocalls flood the 407: Central Florida area code receives 13th-most automated phone calls," 7 June 2018 In Jefferson Park, Maura Gierl said her husband got a robocall from the utility informing them that electricity would be back by 7 p.m. Saturday. Javier Panzar,, "Hundreds of customers are still without power as hot and angry Angelenos fume at the DWP," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of robocall

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for robocall

robot + -o- + call entry 2

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