robocall

noun

ro·​bo·​call ˈrō-bō-ˌkȯl How to pronounce robocall (audio)
: a telephone call from an automated source that delivers a prerecorded message to a large number of people
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 The ruling came after complaints of deepfake calls made to sound like political candidates, including thousands of robocalls before the New Hampshire primary last month that used President Joe Biden’s voice to tell people to stay home. Megan Poinski, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Most types of robocalls have been prohibited since the agency instituted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 1991. IEEE Spectrum, 13 Feb. 2024 According to Bloomberg News, the robocalls went out to registered Democrats, and discouraged them from voting, telling them to wait until November. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 Just before the New Hampshire primary in January, Democratic voters received a fake robocall of what sounded like President Joe Biden telling them not to go to the polls. Jeremy Yurow, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2024 New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan said the robocall that surfaced in his state was a form of voter suppression that cannot be tolerated. Ali Swenson, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 For example, the creators of the fake robocall using President Joe Biden’s voice targeted at some New Hampshire voters last month didn’t add any disclosure of its origins. Vittoria Elliott, WIRED, 6 Feb. 2024 The robocalls were an early test of a patchwork of state and federal enforcers, who are largely relying on election and consumer protection laws enacted before generative AI tools were widely available to the public. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Monk has had run-ins with US robocall regulations before, said Formella and the Federal Communications Commission. David Wright, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

robot + -o- + call entry 2

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of robocall was in 1993

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“Robocall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robocall. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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