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.
- Also called telephone answering machine.
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How to use answering machine in a sentence
An emergency dispatcher then called the woman but got her answering machine.
We are even allowed a glimpse into some of his most intimate relationships, thanks to never-erased answering machine messages – particularly with fellow artist Peter Hujar, whose life story was inextricably interwoven with his own.‘Wojnarowicz’ burns with a queer icon’s brilliant fury | John Paul King | March 24, 2021 | Washington Blade
He briefly had an answering machine, but he got rid of it because he got too many calls he didn’t want to return and he couldn’t claim not to know someone had called when he still had the machine.Tom Konchalski made basketball better. The sport won’t be the same without him. | John Feinstein | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
I would never have said my family was rich—we seemed to be the last family I knew in the eighties to get a microwave and an answering machine—but maybe instead of a microwave, my parents wanted to go skiing.
They pass the buck, they tell you to call this person, and you are lucky if you can even get an answering machine.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches | ProPublica | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is presently being held on $1 million bail, which gives a twist to the message on the phone answering machine at his firm.Timothy Vafeades, the Vampire Trucker, Shames the Undead | Michael Daly | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Basically, the answer we came up with was that it must be something like breaking into mobile answering machine messages.Kate Middleton's Name Found On Phone Hackers' Target Evaluation List | Tom Sykes | November 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But soon the lonely Chip begins stalking him, leaving tons of messages on his answering machine.
Their tryst, however, is broken up several times by messages playing from the answering machine and never comes to fruition.Some of the Juiciest Bits of ‘Rodham,’ the Hillary Clinton Movie Biopic: Sex, Scandal, More | Marlow Stern | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for 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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