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

But Dudar, who owns numerous rental properties in the area, did not respond to her texts or voice mails. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 Who is listening to the voice mails before they’re published? Washington Post, "Tell us when someone made you feel like an outsider in the United States," 15 July 2019 Tips can be emailed to tips@so.cccounty.us, and anonymous callers can leave voice mails at 866-846-3592. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Suspect arrested on suspicion of Pacheco man’s killing, police say," 7 July 2019 Mike Doble, a spokesman for Raytheon, didn’t immediately respond to a voice mail requesting comment outside of office hours. Ranjeetha Pakiam, BostonGlobe.com, "Raytheon, United Technologies in talks to merge, report says," 8 June 2019 Bergeron said the family kept all of Meeks’ voice mails after his death. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "The story behind Alabama’s Marcus Banks’ emotional - and viral - video of gift honoring late father," 5 Aug. 2019 Needy and helpless, Sean still calls his voice mail, just to hear the outgoing message. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In 'Papi Chulo,' a lonely weatherman and a day laborer form a delightful friendship," 10 June 2019 Eagle Bank did not immediately respond to an email and voice mail requesting comment. Robert Mccartney, baltimoresun.com, "Jack Evans to resign from Metro board after probe shows he ‘knowingly’ violated rules," 21 June 2019 Officers left a voice mail for the man to contact them. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man arrested for attempted drug trafficking: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 29 Nov. 2017

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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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