email

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noun

variants or e-mail
1
: a means or system for transmitting messages electronically (as between computers on a network)
communicating by email
2
a
: messages sent and received electronically through an email system
receives a lot of email
b
plural emails or e-mails : an email message
sent him an email

email

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verb

variants or e-mail
emailed or e-mailed; emailing or e-mailing; emails or e-mails

transitive verb

1
: to send email to (someone)
She emailed her mom.
2
: to send (something) by email
I'll email the documents tomorrow.

intransitive verb

: to communicate by email
As I write this, a colleague who takes an amateur interest in tracking the weather emailed to say it would be "among the hottest days of 2019 so far, if not #1."Nina Metz

Examples of email in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Discover how to get back into the workforce with How to Survive a Layoff, our three-week email course offering strategies and tools for the job seeking process. Eoin Higgins, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 Wasow himself had taught Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King how to surf the Net on national television (after learning how to use a mouse, the women responded on air to emails from Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Gates). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2024 Supervisor Shawn Rolland circulated an email on April 5 looking for co-sponsors for an amendment recommending an 11.5% compensation increase, reflecting what Crowley and his administration had previously proposed. Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 During this time, the contact information on Ohtani’s bank account allegedly was changed to link the account to Mizuhara’s phone number and to an anonymous email address connected to Mizuhara. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Still, the email references commercial surveillance provider NSO Group, an Israeli company notorious for developing the Pegasus spyware, which can sometimes hijack a smartphone simply by sending the user a single message. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 In an email disclosed in discovery, Murdoch sent a longtime lieutenant, Col Allan, who edited the Post, his take on Rudy Giuliani. Lachlan Cartwright, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 Slight chance of severe storms Sunday night A few storms in Kentucky and southern Indiana could bring bring large hail and gusty winds Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said in an email. The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2024 Ongoing cleanup efforts have included isolating a section of an underwater natural gas pipeline, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company told CNN in an email Saturday. Dalia Faheid, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024
Verb
Sign up for our weekly newsletter using the module below or by emailing mmiller@sacbee.com. Maya Miller, Sacramento Bee, 1 Apr. 2024 The department asks people with information regarding the incident to call or email their tip line at 425-257-8450 or tips@everettwa.gov. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 The Forest Hills School District emailed parents Wednesday informing them a student had been disciplined for making inappropriate recordings and the sheriff’s office was investigating the incident, according to Fox19. The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2024 Want to get emailed updates about police activity, new development and more in your neighborhood? Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 If an inspection or follow-up report needs clarification, restaurant and grocery store owners can email Jenna Thompson at jthompson@kcstar.com. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 28 Mar. 2024 If anything in there confuses you, don’t hesitate to email us! Sahana Jayaraman, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 While the conspiracy theories and threats had subsided by October 2022, Woodall said there was still a lot of misinformation that creates assumptions and accusations on the parts of voters who email the Election Commission using the inbox Zapata monitored. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Pitchfork has emailed Searchlight Pictures representatives for more info; in the meantime, check out the images on X and at People. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

electronic mail

First Known Use

Noun

1979, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1983, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of email was in 1979

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Cite this Entry

“Email.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/email. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

e-mail

noun
ˈē-ˌmāl
1
: a system for sending messages between computers
2
a
: messages sent through an e-mail system
receives a lot of e-mail
b
: an e-mail message
sent him an e-mail
e-mail verb
e-mailer
-ˌmāl-ər
noun

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