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      n   blower     (informal)   handset, line, phone  
      vb   buzz     (informal)   call, call up, dial, get on the blower     (informal)   give (someone) a bell     (Brit. slang)   give (someone) a buzz     (informal)   give (someone) a call, give (someone) a ring     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   give someone a tinkle     (Brit. informal)   phone, put a call through to, ring     (informal, chiefly Brit.)  
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  ( telephones    plural & 3rd person present)   ( telephoning    present participle)   ( telephoned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   The telephone is the electrical system of communication that you use to talk directly to someone else in a different place. You use the telephone by dialling a number on a piece of equipment and speaking into it.   (=phone)  
They usually exchanged messages by telephone..., I dread to think what our telephone bill is going to be..., She was wanted on the telephone.     
2       n-count   A telephone is the piece of equipment that you use when you talk to someone by telephone.   (=phone)  
He got up and answered the telephone...     
3       verb   If you telephone someone, you dial their telephone number and speak to them by telephone.   (=call, ring, phone)  
I felt so badly I had to telephone Owen to say I was sorry...      V n  
They usually telephone first to see if she is at home.      V  
4    If you are on the telephone, you are speaking to someone by telephone.  
on the telephone      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
Linda remained on the telephone to the police for three hours...     

radio telephone        ( radio telephones    plural  ) A radio telephone is a telephone which carries sound by sending radio signals rather than by using wires. Radio telephones are often used in cars.      n-count  
telephone book        ( telephone books    plural  ) The telephone book is a book that contains an alphabetical list of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the people in a particular area.      n-count   (=telephone directory, phone book)  
telephone booth        ( telephone booths    plural  ) A telephone booth is a place in a public building or in the street where there is a telephone that can be used by the public.  
FORMAL      n-count  
telephone box        ( telephone boxes    plural  ) A telephone box is a small shelter in the street in which there is a public telephone.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   (=phone box, call box)  
in AM, use phone booth     
telephone directory        ( telephone directories    plural  ) A telephone directory is the same as a telephone book.      n-count  
telephone exchange        ( telephone exchanges    plural  ) A telephone exchange is a building where connections are made between telephone lines.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
telephone number        ( telephone numbers    plural  ) Your telephone number is the number that other people dial when they want to talk to you on the telephone.      n-count   (=phone number)  
telephone pole        ( telephone poles    plural  ) A telephone pole is a tall wooden pole with telephone wires attached to it, connecting several different buildings to the telephone system.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use telegraph pole     

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a book that gives lists of facts, for example people's names, addresses, and telephone numbers, or the names and addresses of business companies, usually arranged in alphabetical order.
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