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

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 Marshall denied knowledge of the robocall or seeking donations for Jan. 6-related activities, and said the House committee investigating the attack had not asked him for testimony. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 At the time, Marshall was head of the Rule of Law Defense Fund — affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General Association — which sent a robocall on Jan. 6 encouraging people to march to the Capitol, the Tennessean reported. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 The district said to NBC Miami in a statement the principal of the middle school sent out a robocall to inform parents of the off-campus incident. NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 Now, a few people have indeed been caught and fined since then — two men running a scam robocall operation in Texas were recently nabbed and slapped with a $225 million fine in March. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 1 June 2021 Charities, political groups and debt collectors are exempt from the Federal Trade Commission's robocall-blocking list, said Andy Geronimo, who is director of the First Amendment Clinic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 31 Jan. 2022 The center will send out a robocall to all participants that are registered for classes only when individual classes are canceled., 13 Jan. 2022 When the staff thinned out to dire levels at his daughter’s school due to the pandemic last year, Craig Nilles heeded a robocall sent out by the principal soliciting parents to apply to be substitute teachers. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 The robocall facilitated by Wren led to turmoil at RAGA, a 22-year-old group traditionally dedicated to helping conservatives win state attorney general races. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Robocall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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