Definition of inbox in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnbɒks/


1An electronic folder in which emails received by an individual are held.
Example sentences
  • The unified messaging server gives the user a single in-box for e-mail, voice mail and fax transmissions.
  • Anti-spam filtering outfit Brightmail has released a list of the ten most common spam messages assaulting users' in-boxes this year.
  • I have just checked the email in-box into which my messages from the various education forums arrive. I used to be able to keep up with them.
1.1North American An in tray.
Example sentences
  • Since I was buried under a mound of paperwork that looked more like a ‘Jinga’ game then an in-box one of my soldiers, SPC Rivers, went along with the convoy.
  • One of the local pharmacists had a Yorkie named Ursa who slept in the in-box on his desk.
  • Otherwise, your in-box will become a catch-all tray where things go when you want to postpone making a decision.


[with object] informal
Send a private message or an email to (someone, typically another member of a social networking website or online forum): I’ll inbox you on Facebook when I get home [with two objects]: could everyone please inbox me their numbers?
More example sentences
  • Inbox me your number.
  • Why has some rando American from Ohio with no mutual friends added me on FB and inboxed me?
  • Stop inboxing me questions.

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