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 The lawsuit is just the latest front in the federal government's ongoing war against robocalls and other fraudulent use of the telephone system. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "DOJ sues US telecom providers for connecting Indian robocall scammers," 29 Jan. 2020 Regulators here and abroad have added protections for consumers bothered by robocalls or travel delays. Kiplinger's Personal Finance,, "Spending: New consumer protections," 11 Oct. 2019 Earlier this week, the Justice Department took its own first-of-a-kind anti-robocall action by seeking restraining orders against two telecom operators who allegedly connected millions of fraudulent robocalls from India. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "FTC Warns Phone Companies Against Assisting Robocalls," 30 Jan. 2020 The best state to avoid robocalls: Alaska, where residents get 3.3 each month. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Robocalls continue to rise, and these states get the most: Where does yours rank?," 11 Jan. 2020 Set up your first line of defense against robocalls on all your phone lines. Melissa Ramsey, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Seniors: Follow 10 simple steps to protect yourself in 2020," 16 Jan. 2020 Ignore the robocalls and political pollsters at the door. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 23, 2019: Happy birthday Ryan Reynolds; Leo, use knowledge as a tool," 23 Oct. 2019 The US Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday that aims to end the scourge of robocalls. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Congress passes legislation expanding robocall penalties," 19 Dec. 2019 But the report found scams alone counted for 47% of all robocalls last month, or nearly 2.7 billion calls. Sarah Min, CBS News, "A record 5.7 billion robocalls in October alone," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Robocall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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