phone1 W2S1 [fəun US foun] n
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: telephone]
1.) a telephone
Louise got up to answer the phone .
She's too busy to come to the phone right now. Can you call back later?
What's your phone number ?
The phone rang . It was Pam.
Before he could answer, the phone went dead .
a secret tape of Diana's phone conversations
Much of his work is done by phone .
Who was that on the phone ?
I wish Amy would get off the phone .
→↑pay phone
2.) the part of a telephone into which you speak
She picked up the phone and dialled.
Jean put the phone down (=after she had finished her conversation) and burst out laughing.
He put the phone down on me (=before I had finished speaking) .
COLLOCATES for sense 1
answer the phone
come to the phone
phone number
the phone rings
the phone goes dead (=you can no longer hear the person you were speaking to on the telephone)
phone conversation
by phone/over the phone (=using the telephone)
on the phone (=speaking on the telephone)
off the phone (=no longer using the telephone)
phone company
mobile phone/mobile British English
cellphone/cellular phone especially AmE
phone 2
phone2 S1 also phone up v [I and T]
to speak to someone by telephone
I'll phone you this evening.
Why didn't they phone the police?
For information phone 01279-623772.
Stevie phoned to say that he was going to be late.
I kept phoning her up, asking to meet her.
Tell him to phone back (=telephone again at a later time) tomorrow.
see usage notecall1
phone in phr v
1.) to telephone the place where you work, especially in order to report something
I'll phone in and let them know.
phone sth<=>in
I'll phone the report in tomorrow morning.
She phoned in sick (=telephoned to say that she was ill and could not come to work) .
2.) to telephone a radio or television show to give your opinion or ask a question
There's still time to phone in before the end of the programme.
HINT sense 1
You do not 'phone to' someone or 'phone to' a number. Phone is followed immediately by a noun: She phoned her friend Judy. |Just phone 01279-623772 and I'll come and get you.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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