tele·​mar·​ket·​ing | \ˌte-lə-ˈmär-kə-tiŋ \

Definition of telemarketing 

: the marketing of goods or services by telephone

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telemarketer \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈmär-​kə-​tər \ noun

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Stanfield plays Cassius Green, who, as the movie opens, is trying to lie his way into a not-particularly desirable telemarketing job. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Sorry to Bother You May Be the Most Culturally Relevant Movie of the Year," 5 July 2018 Download an app Because cell phones are the latest target of telemarketing, developers have been hard at work creating a suite of tools to deflect and block robocalls. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "4 ways to stop robocalls as spammers target cell phones," 5 July 2018 That's one of the reasons why this film about a man who adopts a white voice to find success at his telemarketing job reminds us of the 1999 eccentric classic. Carol Motsinger,, "Tired of endless sequels? Don't miss these original films this summer," 15 June 2018 Which is more valuable, spending our days making telemarketing calls or joining a World of Warcraft guild? Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 At RegalView, a low-level telemarketing firm in Oakland, one path to success presents itself in the form of code-switching. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 Cash and his girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), an activist-artist, cling to their independence but struggle to stay afloat, so Cash gets a job at a telemarketing firm called RegalView to try and make ends meet. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is Fizzy, Flawed, and Fascinating," 6 July 2018 But once Armie Hammer enters the picture as the overlord of the nefarious corporation behind the telemarketing outfit, the movie loses its way in a welter of surreality. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Sorry to Bother You' eventually loses its way in a welter of surreality," 5 July 2018 Cassius is pretty good at this telemarketing stuff., "Sorry To Bother You Review: As Bold & In Your Face As Tessa Thompson's Earrings," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of telemarketing

1963, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of telemarketing

: the activity or job of selling goods or services by calling people on the telephone


tele·​mar·​ket·​ing | \ˌte-lə-ˈmär-kə-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of telemarketing

: the act of selling goods or services by telephone

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