voice mail

\ ˈvȯis-ˌmāl How to pronounce voice mail (audio) \
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 usea 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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Recent Examples on the Web Several calls to George Weston’s office in Toronto weren’t answered, and an investor relations official didn’t return a voice mail seeking comment. Aaron Kirchfeld, Bloomberg.com, "George Weston Pursues Ailing Swiss Baking Firm Aryzta," 31 July 2020 Sponsor is not obligated to leave voice mail, answering machine or other messages. Washington Post, "21st annual Travel photo contest: Official rules," 1 July 2020 Every other day, your Lambos stay dry and the call of the sea goes straight to voice mail. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Lamborghini Is Building a 4000-HP Boat," 30 June 2020 According to a voice mail message, The Bomber hopes to continue its catering service in the future. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "The Bomber restaurant calls it quits after 73 years in Milwaukie," 19 June 2020 According to White House sources, Trump has subsequently phoned the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, but his calls have gone straight to voice mail. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Putin Rejects Trump’s Request for Ten Thousand Russian Troops to Guard White House," 7 June 2020 The documents also revealed highly sensitive F.B.I. abilities, showing that the bureau was able to monitor the phone line of the Russian Embassy in Washington even before a call from Mr. Kislyak connected with Mr. Flynn’s voice mail. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, "Flynn Discussed Sanctions at Length With Russian Diplomat, Transcripts Show," 29 May 2020 During the outbreak, Whole Foods, which has about 500 stores in the United States, began sending voice mail and text messages to employees to notify them of coronavirus cases in their stores. Nicole Dungca, Washington Post, "On the front lines of the pandemic, grocery workers are in the dark about risks," 24 May 2020 During one-hour episodes, the hosts indulge their audience with personal updates, and answer emails and voice mail messages from fans requesting help concerning specific issues. Hilary Sheinbaum, New York Times, "Podcasts Inspired by Love and Relationships," 5 May 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Voice mail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice%20mail. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce voice mail (audio)

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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