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"answering machine" in British English

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answering machinenoun [C]

uk   us   mainly US (UK usually answerphone)
a ​deviceconnected to a ​phone that ​answerscallsautomatically and ​recordsmessages from the ​personcalling: She wasn't in so I left a ​message on her ​answeringmachine. I called several ​times last ​week, but I ​kept getting his ​answeringmachine.

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(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/
a ​deviceconnected to a ​telephone that ​answers the ​telephoneautomatically and ​recordsmessages
(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 ​equipmentconnected to a ​phone which answers the ​phoneautomatically and ​recordsmessages: 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)
Translations of “answering machine”
in Arabic جِهاز الرَّدّ الآلي…
in Korean 자동 응답기…
in Portuguese secretária eletrônica…
in Catalan contestador automàtic…
in Japanese 留守番電話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 电话录音机…
in Chinese (Traditional) 電話答錄機…
in Italian segreteria telefonica…
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