Definition of directory assistance in English:

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directory assistance

Pronunciation: /dəˈrektərē/ /dīˈrektərē əˈsistəns/

plural noun

A telephone service used to find out someone’s telephone number.
Example sentences
  • 192 was (until very recently) the telephone number for directory enquiries in the UK.
  • In practice, that will mean dialing operator service numbers such as directory enquiries and voicemail facilities is the same, wherever you are and whatever language you speak.
  • Context-specific, speaker-independent software is in common use today for 1-800 telephone directory assistance, flight reservations, and other uses.

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Syllabification: di·rec·to·ry as·sis·tance

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