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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Terry Kant-Rauch, a Tallahassee realtor, received one of the robocalls this morning in the voice mail of her cell phone. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 Coffey did not immediately respond to a voice mail left at his office Monday. David Smiley And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Mystery Miamian tied to Trump probe had many names, foul mouth, 2 DUI busts," 19 June 2018 The trend is driving a shift in workplace habits, as employees respond to a stream of instant messages while toggling among email, voice mail and other tools. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Instant Message Generation Gap," 17 Apr. 2018 The Public Records Act requires most politicians and public employees in California to release not only requested communications from their official accounts, but also private emails, text messages and voice mails about official business. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Sexual harassment could stop special treatment for some lawmakers' records | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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