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noun telephone pronunciation in British English /ˈtelɪˌfəʊn/
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  1. [countable] a piece of electronic equipment that you use for speaking to someone in a different place, especially a landline (=a phone that is attached to a telephone line). A telephone is often simply called a phone
    They’ve got a telephone next to their bed.
    a digital cordless telephone
    a telephone rings: The telephone’s been ringing all morning.
    pick up/answer the telephone: Pascoe picked up the telephone and said ‘Hello’.
    use the telephone: May I use your telephone?
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the system of communicating using telephones
      The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.
      over the telephone: People are interviewed over the telephone.
      by telephone: I placed my order by telephone two weeks ago.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to or involving the telephone
      a telephone line/dial/switchboard
      telephone communications/conversations/bookings



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