voice mail

\ˈvȯis-ˌmāl \
variants: or voicemail or less commonly voice-mail

Definition of voice mail 

1 : an electronic communication system in which spoken messages are recorded or digitized and stored for later playback to the intended recipient left a message in the company's voice mail typically hyphenated in attributive use a voice-mail system

2a : messages received through a voice-mail system checking her voice mail

b : a voice-mail message listening to a voice mail

Examples of voice mail in a Sentence

Just leave a message on my voice mail. I left her a voice mail. You have two new voice mails.
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Anita Moody, a conservative activist who lives in Morefield’s district, called his office, leaving a voice mail to register her disappointment. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Republican Medicaid expanders in Va. say backlash is milder than expected," 29 Mar. 2018 It will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, but callers will be able to leave voice mails at any time. Emma Brown, Washington Post, "Nonprofit group sets up a hotline to help reunite immigrant families," 28 June 2018 Grover had e-mails and voice mails from Rabin to back up some of her allegations. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Psychologist accused of sex with patient surrenders license," 8 June 2018 Roman Basinschi, a 26-year-old software engineer, never uses voice mail. Ethan Baron, Philly.com, "How the death of voicemail is changing the way we connect," 20 May 2018 Not companies such as Cetis provide extensive services out of one device such as one-touch voice mail retrieval, Bluetooth paring for music streaming, and digital clocks. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Do hotel rooms need landlines?," 22 Mar. 2018 After receiving a voice mail with a death threat Jan. 31on her cell phone, a woman called police. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Bainbridge man reported a 'wolf' chased his dog," 12 Feb. 2018 Ishmael did not respond to voice mails Wednesday afternoon. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "6-vote difference unchanged after partial recount in Kane County board race," 26 Apr. 2018 Menacing, Lander Road: An employee of Temple Israel Ner Tamid reported Jan. 21 there was a voice mail left at the temple from an unknown male making anti-Semitic statements. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Woman out $9,500 in computer repair scam: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of voice mail

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of voice mail was in 1980

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English Language Learners Definition of voice mail

: a system in which callers can leave recorded messages for you over the telephone; also : a message left using this system

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Kids Definition of voice mail

: an electronic communication system in which spoken messages are recorded to be played back later

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