\ ˈte-lē How to pronounce tele (audio) \

Definition of tele

 (Entry 1 of 2)

variants: or tel-

Definition of tele- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : distant : at a distance : over a distance telegram
2a : telegraph teletypewriter
b : television telecast
c : telecommunication telemarketing

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Other former top Concur executives also joined Accolade as Singh tapped into Silicon Valley venture capital funds, with the idea of making Accolade a more digital experience with a mobile app and tele-medicine options. Bob Fernandez,, "Accolade, with 500 employees in Plymouth Meeting, seeks to boldly cut health costs for big companies," 12 July 2018 But that may be changing: Insurance companies may at last be warming to the tele-approach. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 Our tele-ophthalmology mobile unit equipped with state-of-the art imaging devices, the nation’s first, travels to New York City’s underserved neighborhoods. Steven J. Corwin, Recode, "Let’s make telemedicine available to all," 25 June 2018 Qualcomm is exploring the sale of a majority stake in its tele-health subsidiary Qualcomm Life as part of its pledge to shave $1 billion in annual costs, according to sources familiar with the matter. Mike Freeman,, "Amid cost cuts, Qualcomm eyes partial sale of health tech subsidiary Qualcomm Life," 21 June 2018 The crust skiing has set up at last. @grandmasternorris killing it on the tele. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "WATCH: It’s almost June, and the cross-country skiing at Hatcher Pass is still really good," 25 May 2018 Augment Therapy, a tele-medic solution out of Chagrin Falls received $25,000. Michael C. Dealoia,, "Cleveland duo creates platform, Innovation Fund gives grants: Tech Czar Talk," 11 Feb. 2018 The rules vary from state to state, but tele-psychiatrists typically try to involve parents. Emily Holland, WSJ, "Telemedicine Reinvents the Visit to the School Nurse," 25 May 2018 Deep learning is built into every aspect of including the mapping, perception, motion planning, localization, fleet management, tele-choice, communications, and mobile app. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "'s Self-Driving Car Service Will Soon Shuttle Texans to Shops, Restaurants, and the Office," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of tele


1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tele

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New Latin, from Greek tēle-, tēl-, from tēle far off — more at pale-

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The first known use of tele was in 1936

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English Language Learners Definition of tele-

: at or over a long distance
: television
: using a telephone


variants: or tel-

Kids Definition of tele-

1 : at a distance telegram
2 : television
3 : using a telephone telemarketing

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