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

  

telephone

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪfəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪfoʊn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they telephone
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪfəʊn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪfoʊn//
 
he / she / it telephones
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪfəʊnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪfoʊnz//
 
past simple telephoned
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪfəʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪfoʊnd//
 
past participle telephoned
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪfəʊnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪfoʊnd//
 
-ing form telephoning
BrE BrE//ˈtelɪfəʊnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtelɪfoʊnɪŋ//
 
Making calls
 
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 [intransitive, transitive] (formal, especially British English) to speak to somebody by telephone synonym call, phone 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. British/​Americanphone / call / ringVerbs In British English, to phone, to ring and to call are the usual ways of saying to telephone. In North American English the most common word is call, but phone is also used. Speakers of North American English do not say ring. Telephone is very formal and is used mainly in British English.Nouns You can use call or phone call (more formal) in both British English and North American English:Were there any phone calls for me? How do I make a local call? The idiom give somebody a call is also common:I’ll give you a call tonight. In informal British English you could also say:I’ll give you a ring tonight. See related entries: Making calls
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: telephone