This lesson will help you define phone, answer, pick up, hang up, cut off, call back, dial, country code, engaged tone and tinkle.

phone  verb  to contact someone by telephone

  • I am trying to phone her but there is no answer.


answer  verb  to pick up a phone when you hear it ringing

  • You relax, I will answer it.


pick up  phrasal verb  to answer a telephone

  • Somebody please pick up the phone, I’m busy.


hang up  phrasal verb  to end a phone conversation

  • Before you hang up I want to tell you something.


cut off  phrasal verb  when a phone connection stops working

  • We got cut off before I could tell her.


call back  phrasal verb  to telephone someone again, or to telephone someone who telephoned you earlier

  • I have to go out now, but I will call you back tonight.


dial  verb  to choose the numbers you want on your phone so you can phone someone

  • I keep dialling the wrong number.


(a) country code  noun  the numbers at the beginning of a phone number that you need to phone someone outside your country

  • The UK country code is 44.


(an) engaged tone  noun  the noise you hear on your phone when the person you are trying to phone is phoning someone else

  • I have been trying to phone her for an hour, but all I get is the engaged tone.


(a) tinkle  noun  a telephone call

  • Give me a tinkle next week.


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