Meaning of “dial” in the English Dictionary

"dial" in British English

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dialverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈdaɪ.əl/ us /ˈdaɪ.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

dialnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdaɪ.əl/ us /ˈdaɪ.əl/

(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 /daɪəl/ us 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)