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 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Authorities said the voice mail Hoff left last year at the office of Republican Rep. Steve Stivers mentioned the shooting in Arlington, Va., that injured five people, including Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.). Washington Post, "U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers off Alaska coast," 14 May 2018 Gil Cisneros, Democratic candidate for California’s 39th Congressional District, denies leaving a threatening voice mail on the phone of his rival’s wife. David Weigel, Washington Post, "California Democrat threatens legal action over ‘fabricated voice mail’," 27 Apr. 2018 Photo: Alamy 2009 Smartphone Notifications Email, text, chat, news, voice mail, Twitter , Facebook and Instagram, Fantasy-Football trash talk, all blinking your phone awake. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture," 5 Oct. 2018 In most of the cases, Mr. Whitaker forwarded the emails and transcribed voice mails to Scott Cooper, World Patent Marketing’s CEO. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "Matthew Whitaker Knew of Fraud Allegations at Company He Advised," 30 Nov. 2018 The voice mail, first reported by the Intercept, is just a few seconds long. David Weigel, Washington Post, "California Democrat threatens legal action over ‘fabricated voice mail’," 27 Apr. 2018 Have empathy for how cluttered this senior person’s inbox and voice mail must be. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "7 steps to try before resorting to a bad review on Yelp," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of voice mail

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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