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"dial" in British English

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dialverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈdaɪ.əl/  us   /ˈdaɪ.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
B1 to operate a phone or make a phone call to someone by choosing a particular series of numbers on the phone: Can I dial this number direct, or do I have to go through the operator? Dial 0 for the switchboard.

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dialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdaɪ.əl/  us   /ˈdaɪ.əl/
  • dial noun [C] (MEASURING DEVICE)

the part of a machine or device that shows you a measurement of something such as speed or time: Can you read what it says on the dial? The dial of/on his watch had a picture of Mickey Mouse on it.
a device on an instrument that you move in order to control it or make changes to it: You turn this dial to find a different radio station.
(Definition of dial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dial" in American English

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dialverb [I/T]

 us   /dɑɪl/
  • dial verb [I/T] (TELEPHONE)

to make a telephone call by pressing the buttons or turning the disk on a telephone to be connected to a particular number: [T] What number did you dial?

dialnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdɑɪl/
  • dial noun [C] (MEASURING DEVICE)

the part of a machine or device that shows a measurement, such as of speed or time, often a numbered circle with a moving pointer (= long narrow part with a point)
A dial is also a part of an instrument that you can turn or move to control it: Turn the dial of the radio and get some music.
(Definition of dial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dial" in Business English

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dialverb [I or T]

uk   us   /daɪəl/ (UK -ll-, US -l-)
COMMUNICATIONS to make a phone call by pressing a series of buttons with numbers, or moving a disc with numbers, on the phone: If you have the extension number you can dial any member of staff direct. Dial 9 for an outside line.
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(Definition of dial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“dial” in British English

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