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answering machine

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noun
  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.
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Origin of answering machine

First recorded in 1975–80
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British Dictionary definitions for answering machine

answering machine

noun
  1. a device by means of which a telephone call is answered automatically and the caller enabled to leave a recorded messageIn full: telephone answering machine Also called: answerphone
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