verb (used with object)

to transmit a facsimile of (printed matter, photographs, or the like) electronically: Fax the information to all our branch offices.

Nearby words

  1. fawkes, guy,
  2. fawn,
  3. fawn lily,
  4. fawney,
  5. fawny,
  6. fax machine,
  7. fax modem,
  8. faxa bay,
  9. fay,
  10. fayal

Origin of fax

by shortening and respelling

Can be confusedfacts FAQs fax

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British Dictionary definitions for fax



Also: fax machine short for facsimile machine
a message or document sent by fax


(tr) to send (a message, document, etc) by fax
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Word Origin and History for fax



1948, short for facsimile (telegraphy). The verb attested by 1970. Related: Faxed; faxing.

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