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answering machine

an electronic device that is attached to a telephone and that automatically answers callers with a prerecorded message and records their messages for later playback.
Origin of answering machine
1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for answering machine
  • Drop by this site for what it claims is the largest collection of answering machine messages available anywhere.
  • My husband refuses to have a cell phone, or an answering machine in his office, and he turns off his phone when he works.
  • Each night she goes home and leaves long messages on the answering machine of a former lover.
  • Monthly schedules are posted and updated, messages are left on the answering machine.
  • At other times an answering machine will take the report.
  • When this happens, the answering machine will let you know if you need to report.
  • If the telephone line is already in use, you may leave your complaint information on the answering machine.
  • Lower the sound of your telephone ringer and answering machine so they can't be heard outside.
  • After hours, calls are answered by an answering machine.
  • It includes a ringer base with answering machine, charging base and two cordless handsets.
British Dictionary definitions for answering machine

answering machine

a device by means of which a telephone call is answered automatically and the caller enabled to leave a recorded message In full telephone answering machine Also called answerphone
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