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telephone

2 verb
     
Related topics: Telephone, Telegraph
telephone2 [intransitive and transitive]
British English formalTCT to talk to someone by telephone [= phone, call]:
Sammy telephoned to say that he would be late.
I'll telephone you later.
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call, phone, telephone, ring
In spoken English, it is usual to say that you call or phone someone He calls me almost every day. Phone me when you get there.In spoken British English, it is also very usual to say that you ring someone Have you rung Kim yet?It is fairly formal and not very usual in spoken English to say that you telephone someone.!! Do not say that you 'call to' someone I called him (NOT called to him) to let him know.!! There is no verb 'phone call' I need to call (NOT to phone call) Monica.You can also say that you give someone a (phone) call or, in British English, give them a ring Give me a call sometime. I think I'll give Mum a ring.!! Do not say 'give someone a phone'.See also call

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