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

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Other Words from robocall

robocall transitive verb robocalled; robocalling; robocalls
Poor small-town America. During the last gasps of this fevered election, pollsters, zealous campaign foot soldiers and reporters are kicking down its doors, figuratively speaking, robocalling its citizens during suppertime … — Doug Colligan
robocaller noun, plural robocallers
Now the only people who use the telephone are campaign robocallers and the phone company, dunning me to switch to their new wireless plan. — Richard Brookhiser
robocalling noun
Business organizations have warned that legislative action against robocalling that defines the practice too broadly could prevent legitimate businesses from efficiently reaching their customers with relevant information. — Colin A. Young

Examples of robocall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, as criticism of the robocall mounted, RAGA’s executive director, Adam Piper, resigned. Robert O'harrow Jr.,, "Established D.C. insiders planned rallies that led to Capitol riot," 17 Jan. 2021 Earlier in the week, Trump aides circulated a memo suggesting the president's robocall in support of McConnell helped the top Republican win reelection in Kentucky. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Trump vetoes defense bill in escalating year-end battle with Congress," 23 Dec. 2020 Also on Monday, NBC News reported RAGA's executive director resigned as the controversy over the robocall continued. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "US Capitol riot: Daniel Cameron says he was unaware of robocall linked to GOP AGs group," 11 Jan. 2021 Republican attorneys general has resigned in the fallout of a robocall urging people to march to the U.S. Capitol ahead of the violent assault last week. Meg Kinnard, Star Tribune, "Republican AGs group leader quits over call pushing protest," 11 Jan. 2021 Nonetheless, the robocall campaign added to a trove of tactics that could undermine Americans’ confidence in the election, from disinformation on social media to hacking attempts that could slow vote counting. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Robocalls Told at Least 800,000 Swing State Residents to “Stay Home” on Election Day. The FBI Is Investigating.," 3 Nov. 2020 Marrero said the robocall was an example of how technology in some ways was more damaging than the kind of tactics that led to passage in 1871 of the Ku Klux Klan Act. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, "Court-ordered robocalls sent to 'electoral terror' victims," 30 Oct. 2020 Robocalls for political purposes are quite common—nearly 60% of voters in swing states, and 47% overall, received a robocall leading up to the 2008 election, a year in which robocalls were the most common type of political outreach. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Do political robocalls work?," 3 Nov. 2020 In the most recent attack, Republican state Rep. Stephen Humphrey voiced a robocall paid for by the Colorado Family Values Victory Fund attacking Titone’s gender identity. NBC News, "Anti-LGBTQ attack ads ramp up ahead of Election Day," 2 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of robocall was in 1993

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31 Jan 2021

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“Robocall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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