Meaning of "answering machine" in Essential English Dictionary

answering machine

noun uk /ˈɑːnsərɪŋ məˌʃiːn/ (also UK answerphone /ˈɑːnsəfəʊn/)

a machine that records your message if you telephone someone and they do not answer:

(Definition of “answering machine” from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)