American English

Definition of telephone verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they telephone
    he / she / it telephones
    past simple telephoned
    -ing form telephoning
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  1. 1  to speak to someone by telephone synonym call, phone
  2. 2 Please write or telephone for details. He telephoned to say he'd be late. telephone something You can telephone your order 24 hours a day. I was about to telephone the police. 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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: telephone