answering machine

noun
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:
1975–80

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

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Example sentences
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.
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