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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Race-baiting robocall appears to be going around Florida again. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 The growing robocall menace is proving difficult to contain, but thousands of victims are finding a way to get even — by getting paid. Ron Hurtibise,, "Harrassed by robocalls? How'd you like to get paid?," 9 May 2018 There is no fail-safe way for consumers to keep their numbers from being spoofed and even changing numbers won’t guarantee that the problem will go away, robocall prevention specialists say. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "‘Stop Robocalling Me!’; ‘I Didn’t!’," 31 Dec. 2018 Robokiller took the $25,000 cash prize at the FTC's 2015 robocall-blocking challenge. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "4 ways to stop robocalls as spammers target cell phones," 5 July 2018 The broadband industry was tied to subsequent efforts to mislead the public as to what the bill does, including a recent robocall effort falsely informing senior citizens the measure would dramatically raise their phone bills. Karl Bode, The Verge, "California is leading the state-by-state fight for net neutrality," 1 Sep. 2018 Don't ignore the message, the robocall voice says, or you'll be taken into custody. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Those threatening scam IRS phone calls? Somebody's going to jail for them," 10 July 2018 Terry Kant-Rauch, a Tallahassee realtor, received one of the robocalls this morning in the voice mail of her cell phone. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 Texas resident and insurance claims specialist Araceli King accused Time Warner Cable of harassment after receiving 153 unwanted robocalls in less than a year. Connie Lin, Good Housekeeping, "Time Warner Cable Owes Woman $229,500 Because They Wouldn't Stop Calling," 8 July 2015

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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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