tele·​mar·​ket·​ing ˌte-lə-ˈmär-kə-tiŋ How to pronounce telemarketing (audio)
: the marketing of goods or services by telephone
telemarketer noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jen pleaded guilty to participating in a telemarketing scheme that stole thousands of dollars from elderly victims in 2021 and will soon be starting her sentence. Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 25 Jan. 2023 Even before the show debuted, the feds had been arresting suspects connected to Shah's telemarketing scheme. ABC News, 20 Jan. 2023 Shah faced up to 10 years in prison for her role in a telemarketing scheme accused of defrauding elderly people of millions of dollars, all while Shah flaunted her wealth and affluence on the Utah offshoot of the popular Bravo franchise. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2023 The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star — who was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for fraud related to a telemarketing scheme — has been ordered to attend mental health services upon her release, according to court documents. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2023 Prosecutor Robert Sobelman reminded the court that Shah was in charge of a telemarketing scheme that targeted some of the nation's most vulnerable people. Julianne Mcshane, NBC News, 6 Jan. 2023 Shah, who was arrested in March 2021 and initially pled not guilty, was involved in a nationwide telemarketing scheme that defrauded thousands of people, many of whom were elderly or vulnerable. Time, 6 Jan. 2023 Do Not Call Registry to cut down on unnecessary telemarketing calls. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2022 According to the lawsuit, the scammers have been calling up businesses in unsolicited telemarketing calls while impersonating Google or claiming to act on behalf of the tech giant. PCMAG, 29 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telemarketing was in 1963

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“Telemarketing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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tele·​mar·​ket·​ing ˌtel-ə-ˈmär-kət-iŋ How to pronounce telemarketing (audio)
: the marketing of goods or services by telephone
telemarketer noun

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