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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In fiscal 2017, the FTC received more than 4.5 million complaints regarding robocalls and nearly another 2.6 million complaints about live callers. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "4 ways to stop robocalls as spammers target cell phones," 5 July 2018 The contest has attracted national attention, with Good winning an endorsement and robocall from former vice president Joe Biden and Buchanan appearing with former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Senate tackles immigration, but House will be the biggest hurdle," 13 Feb. 2018 Sign up for a $3 per month subscription, and the app blocks over 100,000 robocalls and telemarketers—even the ones that try to fool you by spoofing their numbers. Kif Leswing, WIRED, "Silence Is Golden: A Guide to Blocking Calls and Texts in iOS 11," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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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