Meaning of “answerphone” in the English Dictionary

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"answerphone" in British English

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answerphonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑːn.sə.fəʊn/ us /ˈæn.sɚ.foʊn/ mainly UK US usually answering machine

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 answerphone.
I called several times last week, but I kept getting his answerphone.

More examples

  • The voice on the answerphone said "Please leave any message after the beep".
  • He left a rather garbled message on my answerphone.
  • Outside office hours clients can leave messages on our answerphone.
  • When she's busy getting the children to bed, she usually leaves the answerphone on.
  • I rang but only got the answerphone, so I went round to check that she was ok.

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

"answerphone" in Business English

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answerphonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑːnsəfəʊn/ us UK

COMMUNICATIONS →  answering machine

(Definition of “answerphone” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)