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noun phone pronunciation in British English /fəʊn/
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  1. [countable] a piece of electronic equipment that you use for speaking to someone in a different place
    May I use the phone in your office?
    I don’t really need a new phone.
    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).
    a digital cordless 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 email.
    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.
      put the phone down on someone (=suddenly end your telephone conservation with someone): Don’t you dare put the phone down on me!
    See also mobile phone


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