Meaning of TELEPHONE in English
/ ˈtelɪfəʊn; NAmE -foʊn/ noun , verb
[ C , U ] a system for talking to sb else over long distances, using wires or radio; a machine used for this :
The telephone rang and Pat answered it.
You can reserve seats over the telephone .
I need to make a telephone call .
telephone lines / networks / services
[ C ] the part of the telephone that you hold in your hand and speak into
SYN handset , receiver
—see also phone
- be on the telephone
( formal , especially BrE ) to speak to sb by telephone
SYN call , phone [ v ]
Please write or telephone for details.
He telephoned to say he'd be late.
[ vn ]
You can telephone your order 24 hours a day.
I was about to telephone the police.
➡ note at phone
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005