Definition of answering machine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

answering machine

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɑːnsərɪŋ məʃiːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænsərɪŋ məʃiːn//
 
(British English also answerphone) Communication devices
 
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a machine that you connect to your telephone to answer your calls and record any message left by the person calling I called several times, but only got the answering machine. More Like This Compound nouns with –ing forms airing cupboard, answering machine, asking price, baking powder, betting shop, boarding school, booking office, bowling alley, breathing space, breeding ground, changing room, clotting factor, cutting room, draining board, drinking water, eating apple, housing estate, icing sugar, living room, meeting place, nursing home, punching bag, racing car, sleeping pill, starting point, tuning fork, waiting room, working partySee worksheet. See related entries: Communication devices
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