Definition of autodial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôdōˌdī(ə)l/


A function of telephonic equipment that allows for automatic dialing of preprogrammed or of randomly selected numbers: have a telephone with autodial by your bed
More example sentences
  • She pulled out her PA, flipped it open, and hit the autodial for the Fixit Shop.
  • So he's had the brilliant idea of calling through the autodial numbers on the phone until he finds someone who knows her mobile number.
  • He followed as he pressed the autodial for a cab company he used often.

verb (autodials, autodialing, autodialed ; British autodials, autodialling, autodialled)

Automatically dial a telephone number, with or without human prompting: [no object]: it had autodialed and been online for over 2hours [with object]: if the first number is busy the modem autodials the backup number
More example sentences
  • She flipped open her PA and looked up ‘Vermont’, then ‘government’, then ‘legal departments’, then ‘Attorney General’, then autodialed the number.
  • When the companies announced their merger, the nation's media reporters autodialed the usual critics of media conglomeration.
  • However, what it doesn't do is put a 1 in front of long distance numbers, so when you autodial the number all you get is a helpful phone company recording that says, ‘We're sorry, you must first dial a 1 when calling this number.’

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Syllabification: au·to·di·al

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