Phones

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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