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answering machine

an electronic device that is attached to a telephone and that automatically answers callers with a prerecorded message and records their messages for later playback.
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First recorded in 1975-80 Unabridged
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answering machine

a device by means of which a telephone call is answered automatically and the caller enabled to leave a recorded message In full telephone answering machine Also called answerphone
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