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English definition of “answering machine”

answering machine

noun [C]     (UK also answerphone)
COMMUNICATIONS a piece of equipment connected to a phone which answers the phone automatically and records messages: on sb's answering machine She wasn't in so I left a message on her answering machine. I rang several times last week, but I kept getting his answering machine.
(Definition of answering machine noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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