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Definition of dial verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

dial

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈdaɪəl//
 
, NAmE//daɪl//
 
[transitive, intransitive] dial (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dial
 
he / she / it dials
 
past simple dialed ()dialled
 
-ing form dialing ()dialling
 
 
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to use a telephone by pushing buttons or turning the dial to call a number He dialed the number and waited. Dial 212 for Manhattan. Topic CollocationsPhonesmaking and receiving phone calls the phone/telephone rings answer/pick up/hang up the phone/telephone lift/pick up/hold/replace the receiver dial a phone number/an extension number/a wrong number/an area code call somebody/talk (to somebody)/speak (to somebody) on the phone/telephone; from home/work/the office make/get/receive a phone call take the phone off the hook (= remove the receiver so that the phone does not ring) the line is busy the phones have been ringing off the hook (= ringing frequently) put somebody through/get through to the person you want to speak to put somebody on hold (= so that they must wait for the person they want to speak to) call from/use a landlinecell phones be/talk on a cell phone/ (informal) cell use/answer/call (somebody on)/get a message on your cell phone/cell switch/turn on/off your cell phone/cell charge/recharge your cell phone/cell a cell phone is on/is off/rings/goes off/is on vibrate/is on silent/is in silent mode send/receive a text (message)/a picture message insert/remove/change a SIM card
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