Definition of telegraph verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    telegraph

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡrɑːf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræf//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they telegraph
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡrɑːf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræf//
     
    he / she / it telegraphs
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡrɑːfs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræfs//
     
    past simple telegraphed
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡrɑːft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræft//
     
    past participle telegraphed
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡrɑːft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræft//
     
    -ing form telegraphing
    BrE BrE//ˈtelɪɡrɑːfɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪɡræfɪŋ//
     
    Communication devices
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] telegraph (something) to send a message by telegraph See related entries: Communication devices
  2. 2[transitive] telegraph something to make it clear to people what you are going to do, often without intending to A tiny movement of her arm had telegraphed her intention to hit out.
  3. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French télégraphe, from télé- ‘at a distance’ + -graphe (from French, based on Greek graphos ‘written, writing’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: telegraph