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Meaning of “phone” in the English Dictionary

"phone" in British English

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phonenoun

uk   /fəʊn/  us   /foʊn/
  • phone noun (PHONE)

A1 [C or U] (formal telephone) a ​device that uses either a ​system of ​wires along which ​electricalsignals are ​sent or a ​system of ​radiosignals to make it ​possible for you to ​speak to someone in another ​place who has a ​similardevice: Just then, his phone rang. Could you answer the phone? We ​speak on the/by phone about ​twice a ​week. You had three phone calls this ​morning. If the phone lines are ​busy, ​pleasetry again ​later. Could you pick the phone up for me - my ​hands are ​wet. I left the phone off the ​hook, so it wouldn't ​ring. I was so ​angry I just put/​slammed the phone down (on her) (= ​replaced it before ​ourconversation was ​finished).be on the phone to be using the phone: That ​son of mine is on the phone all ​day! UK to have a landline in the ​home: Are the Middletons on the phone at ​theircottage, do you ​know?

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  • phone noun (PHONETIC UNIT)

[C] specialized phonetics a ​unit of ​sound at the phoneticlevel, used when ​studyingspeech

phoneverb [I or T]

uk   /fəʊn/  us   /foʊn/
A1 to ​communicate with someone by phone: She phoned just after ​lunch. He's phoned me (up) every ​day this ​week.

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

"phone" in American English

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phonenoun [C]

 us   /foʊn/
short form oftelephone: The phone is ​ringing – would you ​answer it?
phone
verb [I/T]  us   /foʊn/
[I] Fernando phoned just after ​lunch.
(Definition of phone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"phone" in Business English

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phonenoun [C]

uk   us   /fəʊn/ COMMUNICATIONS
a ​piece of ​electronicequipment which makes it possible for you to speak to someone in another ​place who has similar ​equipment, using either ​electricalsignalssent along a ​system of ​wires, or radio ​signals: over the phone You can ​arrange a ​mortgageonline, over the phone, or through a ​meeting.by phone The ​company can be ​reached by phone on this ​number.on the phone She has ​spenthours on the phone in recent weeks, ​talking to ​negotiators in a ​labourdispute.

phoneverb [I or T]

uk   us   /fəʊn/ COMMUNICATIONS
to communicate with someone by phone: Someone phoned while you were at ​lunch. Phone him and ​ask if he's ​free this afternoon.
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(Definition of phone from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “phone”
in Korean 전화기…
in Arabic هاتِف…
in Malaysian telefon…
in French téléphone…
in Russian телефон…
in Chinese (Traditional) 電話, (電話的)聽筒…
in Italian telefono…
in Turkish telefon…
in Polish telefon…
in Spanish teléfono…
in Vietnamese điện thoại…
in Portuguese telefone…
in Thai โทรศัพท์…
in German das Telefon…
in Catalan telèfon…
in Japanese 電話機…
in Chinese (Simplified) 电话, (电话的)听筒…
in Indonesian telepon…
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