telephone

noun, often attributive
tele·​phone | \ ˈte-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce telephone (audio) \

Definition of telephone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance specifically : one in which sound is converted into electrical impulses for transmission (as by wire or radio waves)

telephone

verb
telephoned; telephoning

Definition of telephone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to speak to or attempt to reach by telephone
2 : to send by telephone

intransitive verb

: to communicate by telephone

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Other Words from telephone

Verb

telephoner noun

Synonyms for telephone

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of telephone in a Sentence

Noun I just have to make a quick telephone call before we leave. You can order the cake over the telephone. The telephone has been ringing all morning! She picked up the telephone and dialed the number. He slammed down the telephone. They hired someone to answer the telephones. All our telephones are cordless. I left the telephone off the hook. Verb He telephoned me to say that he was going to be late. He telephoned to say that he was going to be late. You never write or telephone.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Howell said in a telephone interview Friday that many Afghans are still completing medical and security screening checks. Casey Smith, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Adeel Ahmed, an official with the provincial Home Ministry, said in a telephone interview from Quetta that relief efforts were underway but that some mountainous areas in the district were still inaccessible. New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Manikka Bowman and her husband, Jeff Myers, described the Labor Day incident on social media and in a telephone interview Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 In a telephone interview with the Tribune on Monday, his mother, Angela Gregg, described her son as gifted. Nicole Stock, chicagotribune.com, 7 Sep. 2021 In a telephone interview with the Tribune on Monday, his mother, Angela Gregg, described her son as gifted. al, 6 Sep. 2021 The refrigerated truck arrived in the county on Friday, loaned by Klamath County, Doan said in a telephone interview. Andrew Selsky, ajc, 28 Aug. 2021 The refrigerated truck arrived in the county on Friday, loaned by Klamath County, Doan said in a telephone interview. CBS News, 28 Aug. 2021 In a telephone interview, Douglas Kennedy, who is a correspondent for Fox News, said his family was split over Mr. Sirhan’s release. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was bound with rope for hours in his basement, but eventually made it to a neighbors house to telephone police after regaining consciousness. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 12 Apr. 2021 Brent Jones, president of the bottler, AffinityLifestyles.com Inc., and a former Nevada state Republican lawmaker, did not immediately respond Wednesday to telephone and email messages seeking comment. NBC News, 25 Mar. 2021 And their parents had to telephone the witch to arrange for her visit. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2020 After speaking at a union hall in his original hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden was approached by a man named Jim Gilbooley, who asked him to telephone a passionate supporter, Sarah Corbett, who was dying of cancer. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 7 Nov. 2020 Any members of the Kuykendahl location can telephone the Town Center gym with questions on how to switch membership. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, 17 June 2020 NBC News telephoned Premier to discuss its importation of unapproved COVID-19 tests from the second Chinese firm, Hangzhou Biotest Biotech. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2020 President Trump telephoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday to ask if South Korea could send medical equipment to the U.S. to help combat the coronavirus, according to a statement from Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2020 Earlier that day, Vice President Al Gore had telephoned Texas Governor George W. Bush to concede but called back about an hour later to retract his concession. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of telephone

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1877, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of telephone was in 1832

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“Telephone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telephone. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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telephone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of telephone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a system that uses wires and radio signals to send sounds (such as people's voices) over long distances : phone
: a device that is connected to a telephone system and that you use to listen or speak to someone who is somewhere else : phone

telephone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of telephone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak or try to speak to (someone) using a telephone : to call or phone (someone)

telephone

noun
tele·​phone | \ ˈte-lə-ˌfōn How to pronounce telephone (audio) \

Kids Definition of telephone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device for transmitting and receiving sounds over long distances

telephone

verb
telephoned; telephoning

Kids Definition of telephone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to speak to by telephone

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