speak·​er·​phone | \ ˈspē-kər-ˌfōn \

Definition of speakerphone

: a combination microphone and loudspeaker device for two-way communication by telephone

Examples of speakerphone in a Sentence

We used the speakerphone for the call so that everyone could hear what was said. He put her on speakerphone so that everyone could hear what she said.

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Banning the handling of cellphones isn’t a cure-all, and Hydrick is quick to point out that talking on the phone is still dangerous while driving, even if done via speakerphone or Bluetooth. Tyler Estep, ajc, "State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever," 11 July 2018 Mickey's folks were instantly thrilled and Robin recalls telling her parents on speakerphone with Mickey sitting beside her. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "Don't think Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson will make it? Meet 4 couples who got engaged quickly," 23 June 2018 His offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, rather, is portrayed as Brady’s ever-present coaching foil, making cameos via speakerphone (or video chat) as Brady pores through game film and brainstorms ideas for new plays for upcoming games. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Tom Brady Gave a Filmmaker Unusual Access to His Private Life," 9 Jan. 2018 Trump was in his office with a handful of senior aides and put Abe on speakerphone. Brian Bennett, Time, "This Is What Trump’s Impulsive Diplomacy Looks Like," 14 June 2018 Voilà, your phone has become your infotainment system, capable of running your favorite navigation and music apps and using voice controls to place calls over speakerphone. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better," 21 Feb. 2018 In March, Trump, who at the time was meeting with Bill Gates, called Gottlieb on speakerphone to chat about a universal flu vaccine. Ike Swetlitz, STAT, "FDA looking at ways to include price info in drug ads, Gottlieb says, as questions loom," 18 May 2018 Molizone's daughter was on the phone with her mother just after 8 a.m. with the speakerphone activated in the social worker's office when the alleged threat was made. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Woman accused of threatening New Orleans school: NOPD," 21 Sep. 2017 Maskin appeared by speakerphone during the meeting. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "Can a New York man run for governor of Kansas? Law may be unclear, but panel isn’t | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of speakerphone

: a feature on a telephone that allows you to talk and listen to someone without holding the receiver to your head

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