answering service


answering service
noun
: a commercial service that answers telephone calls for its clients

* * *

noun, pl ⋯ -vices [count]
: a business that answers telephone calls and takes messages for the people and businesses that hire it

The doctor is not in the office now, but you can reach her answering service at this number if you have an emergency.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • answering service — UK US noun [C, usually singular] ► COMMUNICATIONS a company whose business is to receive and answer telephone calls for its customers: »I called and got through to his answering service …   Financial and business terms

  • answering service — n. a business whose function is to answer telephone calls for its clients and transmit messages to them …   English World dictionary

  • answering service — UK [ˈɑːns(ə)rɪŋ ˌsɜː(r)vɪs] / US [ˈæns(ə)rɪŋ ˌsɜrvɪs] noun [countable] Word forms answering service : singular answering service plural answering services a business that receives telephone calls for other businesses or companies, taking messages …   English dictionary

  • answering service — See telephone answering service …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • answering service — noun Date: 1941 a commercial service that answers telephone calls for its clients …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • answering service — a service providing operators who answer a subscriber s telephone and take messages when the subscriber does not answer. [1960 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • answering service — computerized service which answers telephone calls and provides callers with information or services …   English contemporary dictionary

  • answering service — an′swering serv ice n. tgp a service that provides operators who take telephone messages for subscribers • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • answering service — an|swer|ing ser|vice [ æns(ə)rıŋ ,sɜrvıs ] noun count a business that receives telephone calls for other businesses or companies, taking messages or giving information …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • answering service — noun a business that receives and answers telephone calls for its clients …   English new terms dictionary