[ pur-suhn-tuh-pur-suhn ]
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  1. involving direct contact or exchange between individuals: The disease is spread through person-to-person contact.Diplomacy requires person-to-person encounters at the highest levels of government.

  2. (of a long-distance telephone call) chargeable only upon speaking with a specified person at the number called: She made a person-to-person call to her brother in California.: Compare station-to-station.

  1. face-to-face; in person: They interviewed her person-to-person.

  2. (in making a long-distance telephone call) to a specified person: I telephoned him person-to-person.: Compare station-to-station.

Origin of person-to-person

First recorded in 1915–20

Words Nearby person-to-person Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use person-to-person in a sentence

  • Karen showed him the phone and he started to put through a person-to-person call.

    Murder in the Gunroom | Henry Beam Piper
  • Under the circumstances, I didn't think a person-to-person call would be advisable.

    The Other Likeness | James H. Schmitz
  • He arose and went to the visiphone, placed a person-to-person call to Los Angeles.

    The Psilent Partner | John Victor Peterson