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noun (PHONE)    /fəʊn/ US  /foʊn/
A1 [C or U] (formal telephone) a device that uses either a system of wires , along which electrical signals are sent , or a system of radio signals to make it possible for you to speak to someone in another place who has a similar device : 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 , please try 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 our conversation was finished ).Telephone equipment be on the phone to be using the phone: That son of mine is on the phone all day !Communicating by telephone UK to have a landline (= fixed phone) in the home : Are the Middletons on the phone, do you know ?Communicating by telephone Grammar:Telephoning
(Definition of phone noun (PHONE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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