Meaning of “answering machine” in the English Dictionary

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"answering machine" in British English

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answering machinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑːn.sər.ɪŋ məˌʃiːn/ us /ˈæn.sɚ.ɪŋ məˌʃiːn/ mainly US UK usually answerphone

a device connected to a phone that answers calls automatically and records messages from the person calling:

She wasn't in so I left a message on her answering machine.
I called several times last week, but I kept getting his answering machine.

More examples

  • He left a mysterious message on my answering machine.
  • Whenever I phone I only get the answering machine - they must be away.
  • The light was winking on the answering machine, so I knew there was a message.
  • Some people still don't like leaving a message on an answering machine.
  • I wish Mum would remember to turn her answering machine on when she goes out.

(Definition of “answering machine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"answering machine" in American English

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answering machinenoun [ C ]

us /ˈæn·sər·ɪŋ məˌʃin/

(Definition of “answering machine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"answering machine" in Business English

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answering machinenoun [ C ]

uk us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)