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"dial" in British English

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dialverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈdaɪ.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
B1 to ​operate a ​phone or make a ​phonecall to someone by ​choosing a ​particularseries 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   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 ​radiostation.

dial noun [C] (PHONE)

the ​disc with ​numbers on ​old-fashionedphones that you ​turn when you make a ​call
(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 ​telephonecall by ​pressing the ​buttons or ​turning the ​disk on a ​telephone to be ​connected to a ​particularnumber: [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 ​numberedcircle with a ​moving pointer (= ​longnarrowpart 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 ​phonecall by ​pressing a ​series of ​buttons with ​numbers, or ​moving a ​disc with ​numbers, on the ​phone: If you have the ​extensionnumber 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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