answering machine

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  1. 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.

Origin of answering machine

First recorded in 1975–80

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British Dictionary definitions for answering machine

answering machine

  1. 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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