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phone

noun uk   /fəʊn/ us    /foʊn/

phone noun (PHONE)

A1 [C or U] (formal telephone) a device that uses either a system of wires, along which electrical signals are sent, or a system of radio signals to make it possible for you to speak to someone in another place who has a similar device: Just then, his phone rang. Could you answer the phone? We speak on the/by phone about twice a week. You had three phone calls this morning. If the phone lines are busy, please try again later. Could you pick the phone up for me - my hands are wet. I left the phone off the hook, so it wouldn't ring. I was so angry I just put/slammed the phone down (on her) (= replaced it before our conversation was finished).Telephone equipment be on the phone to be using the phone: That son of mine is on the phone all day!Communicating by telephone UK to have a landline (= fixed phone) in the home: Are the Middletons on the phone, do you know?Communicating by telephone

phone noun (PHONETIC UNIT)

[C] specialized phonetics a unit of sound at the phonetic level, used when studying speech

phone

verb [I or T] uk   /fəʊn/ us    /foʊn/
A1 to communicate with someone by phone: She phoned just after lunch. He's phoned me (up) every day this week.Communicating by telephoneCommunicating and keeping in touch
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of phone from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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