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answering machine

noun [C] uk   mainly US ( UK usually answerphone) us  
a device connected to a phone that answers calls automatically and records messages from the person calling: She wasn't in so I left a message on her answering machine. I called several times last week, but I kept getting his answering machine.
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in Korean 자동 응답기…
in Arabic جِهاز الرَّدّ الآلي…
in Portuguese secretária eletrônica…
in Catalan contestador automàtic…
in Japanese 留守番電話…
in Italian segreteria telefonica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 電話答錄機…
in Chinese (Simplified) 电话录音机…
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