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noun     phone pronunciation in American English
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  1. [countable]Sound effect a piece of electronic equipment that you use for speaking to someone in a different place

    May I use the phone in your office?

    Just before I got off the bus my phone rang.

    answer the phone:

    It took 19 minutes for someone to answer the phone (=pick it up when it rang).

    I don’t really need a new phone.

    1. a.
      [singular] the system for speaking to someone on the telephone
      on the phone (=talking using the telephone):

      Most teenagers spend hours on the phone every day.

      by phone/over the phone (=using the telephone):

      We take orders by phone or by e-mail.

    2. b.
      [singular] the part of a landline (=a phone that is attached to a phone line) that you speak into
      pick up/put down the phone:

      She picked up the phone but didn’t speak.

    See also cell phone


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