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telephone

noun, often attributive tele·phone \ ˈte-lə-ˌfōn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of telephone

: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance; specifically : one in which sound is converted into electrical impulses for transmission (as by wire or radio waves)

Examples of telephone in a Sentence

  1. I just have to make a quick telephone call before we leave.

  2. You can order the cake over the telephone.

  3. The telephone has been ringing all morning!

  4. She picked up the telephone and dialed the number.

  5. He slammed down the telephone.

  6. They hired someone to answer the telephones.

  7. All our telephones are cordless.

  8. I left the telephone off the hook.

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First Known Use of telephone

1832

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telephone

verb

Definition of telephone

telephoned; telephoning
transitive verb
1 : to speak to or attempt to reach by telephone
2 : to send by telephone
intransitive verb
: to communicate by telephone

telephoner

noun

Examples of telephone in a Sentence

  1. He telephoned me to say that he was going to be late.

  2. He telephoned to say that he was going to be late.

  3. You never write or telephone.

Recent Examples of telephone from the Web

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First Known Use of telephone

1877

telephone Synonyms

Synonyms
dial, phone, ring (up) [chiefly British], call
Related Words
beep, buzz; call in; cold-call

Other Telecommunications Terms



TELEPHONE Defined for English Language Learners

telephone

noun

Definition of telephone for English Language Learners

  • : a system that uses wires and radio signals to send sounds (such as people's voices) over long distances

  • : a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else


telephone

verb

Definition of telephone for English Language Learners

  • : to speak or try to speak to (someone) using a telephone : to call or phone (someone)


TELEPHONE Defined for Kids

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telephone

noun tele·phone \ ˈte-lə-ˌfōn \

Definition of telephone for Students

: a device for transmitting and receiving sounds over long distances

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telephone

verb

Definition of telephone for Students

telephoned; telephoning
: to speak to by telephone


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