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"telephone" in British English

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telephonenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈtel.ɪ.fəʊn/  us   /-ə.foʊn/
A2 a phone noun

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telephoneverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈtel.ɪ.fəʊn/  us   /-ə.foʊn/
A2 to use a ​phone

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

"telephone" in American English

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telephonenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtel·əˌfoʊn/ (also phone)
a ​device for ​speaking to someone in another ​place by ​means of ​electricalsignals: [C] Your telephone is ​ringing. [U] I ​tried to ​reach her by telephone.
telephone
verb [T]  us   /ˈtel·əˌfoʊn/
Palmer telephoned her ​attorney.
(Definition of telephone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"telephone" in Business English

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telephonenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈtelɪfəʊn/ COMMUNICATIONS
a ​piece of ​electronicequipment that 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; a ​phone: the telephone ​service a telephone ​call/​conversation/​interview a telephone ​company/​network a telephone ​number You can ​redeem up to $50,000 of your ​shares by telephone.on/over the telephone The ​researchaims to describe how ​peoplesell on the telephone.

telephoneverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈtelɪfəʊn/ COMMUNICATIONS
to communicate with someone using a ​phone; to ​phone someone: Before you ​invest, telephone the Shareholder Service Center to get an ​accountnumber. Sometimes, it's quicker and easier to telephone, rather than ​sending an ​email. For more ​information, telephone the ​number at the ​bottom of the ​screen.
(Definition of telephone from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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