Definition of cell phone noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cell phone

BrE BrE//ˈselfəʊn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈselfoʊn//
(also ˌcellular ˈphone, informal cell)(especially North American English)(usually British English ˌmobile ˈphone, mobile) Communication devices, Mobile devices
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a telephone that does not have wires and works by radio, that you can carry with you and use anywhere cell phone users I talked to her on my cell phone. The use of cellular phones is not permitted on most aircraft. 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/extension/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 (British English) engaged/ (especially North American English) busy the phones have been (North American English) 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 landlineMobile/cell phones be/talk on a (both British English) mobile phone/mobile/(especially North American English) cell phone/(informal, especially North American English) cell use/answer/call (somebody on)/get a message on your mobile phone/mobile/cell phone/cell switch/turn on/off your mobile phone/mobile/cell phone/cell charge/recharge your mobile phone/mobile/cell phone/cell a mobile/cell phone is on/is off/rings/goes off (British English) top up your mobile (phone) send/receive a text (message)/an SMS (message)/a fax insert/remove/change a SIM card See related entries: Communication devices, Mobile devices
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