Meaning of TELEPHONE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ telɪfoʊn ]

( telephones, telephoning, telephoned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


The telephone is the electrical system of communication that you use to talk directly to someone else in a different place. You use the telephone by dialling a number on a piece of equipment and speaking into it.

They usually exchanged messages by telephone...

I dread to think what our telephone bill is going to be...

She was wanted on the telephone.

= phone



A telephone is the piece of equipment that you use when you talk to someone by telephone.

He got up and answered the telephone...

= phone



If you telephone someone, you dial their telephone number and speak to them by telephone.

I felt so badly I had to telephone Owen to say I was sorry...

They usually telephone first to see if she is at home.

= call, ring, phone

VERB : V n , V


If you are on the telephone , you are speaking to someone by telephone.

Linda remained on the telephone to the police for three hours...

PHRASE : v-link PHR , PHR after v

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