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dial

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈdaɪ.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
B1 to operate a phone or make a phone call to someone by choosing a particular series of numbers on the phone: Can I dial this number direct, or do I have to go through the operator? Dial 0 for the switchboard.
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noun [C] uk   /ˈdaɪ.əl/ us  

dial noun [C] (MEASURING DEVICE)

the part of a machine or device that shows you a measurement of something such as speed or time: Can you read what it says on the dial? The dial of/on his watch had a picture of Mickey Mouse on it. a device on an instrument that you move in order to control it or make changes to it: You turn this dial to find a different radio station.

dial noun [C] (PHONE)

the disc with numbers on old-fashioned phones that you turn when you make a call
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