• (RP) IPA: /ˈtɛlɪfəʊn/, /ˈtɛləfəʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtɛləfoʊn/


  1. A telecommunication device (originally mechanical, and now electronic) used for two-way talking with another person (now often shortened to phone).
  2. (North America, uncountable) The game of Chinese whispers.
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telephone (telephones, present participle telephoning; past and past participle telephoned)

  1. (ambitransitive) To (attempt to) contact someone using the telephone.
  2. (transitive) To convey (a message) by telephoning.
    • 2012, Robert Byron, ‎Jan Morris, Europe in the Looking-Glass
      David telephoned his apologies to his mother.
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