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“microphone” in British English

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microphonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmaɪ.krə.fəʊn/ us /ˈmaɪ.krə.foʊn/ informal mike, mic

B2 a piece of equipment that you speak into to make your voice louder, or to record your voice or other sounds:

The interviewer asked her to speak into/use the microphone.
My laptop has a built-in microphone.

More examples

  • Can you show me where the microphone plugs into the tape recorder?
  • The microphone converts acoustic waves to electrical signals for transmission.
  • They thrust a microphone in front of me and fired questions at me.
  • The photographer tripped over a lead, wrenching a microphone from its stand.

(Definition of “microphone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“microphone” in American English

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microphonenoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɑɪ·krəˌfoʊn/ short form mike, short form mic

(Definition of “microphone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“microphone” in Business English

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microphonenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmaɪkrəfəʊn/ us

a piece of equipment that you use to make your voice louder, or to record something:

Most laptops now come with a built-in webcam and microphone for online chatting.

(Definition of “microphone” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)