Definition of SMS noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    SMS

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌes em ˈes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌes em ˈes//
     
    Text messages
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the abbreviation for short message service (a system for sending short written messages from one mobile/cell phone to another) See related entries: Text messages
  2. 2[countable] a message sent by SMS synonym text, text message I'm trying to send an SMS. 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: Text messages
  3. compare EMS
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: SMS

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