Definition of speed dial in English:

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speed dial

Pronunciation: /ˈspēd ˌdī(ə)l/


A function on some telephones that allows numbers to be entered into a memory and dialed using fewer buttons.
Example sentences
  • ‘I'll call Denny and Anthony,’ he said, pushing the speed dial.
  • He picked up the phone and pressed a button on the speed dial.
  • He pushed one on the speed dial and put it to his ear, looking at her cautiously.


(speed-dial) [with object]
Dial (a telephone number) by using the speed dial function.
Example sentences
  • Maybe these people have nothing else to do than listen to every radio station and speed-dial the shows to spew their venom or more often display their stupidity.
  • That evening I zipped open my binder and flipped to the bright green divider labeled ‘BIOLOGY’, then I speed-dial Julian's house on my cell phone.
  • Onscreen it becomes a somewhat dubious gift from the lead's soon-to-be-murdered child in a moment that in real life would have everyone scurrying to speed-dial the family counselor.

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Syllabification: speed di·al

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