answering machinenoun [C]uk us mainly US (UK usually answerphone)
- 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.