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Syllabification: e-mail
Pronunciation: /ˈēmāl
(also email)

Definition of e-mail in English:


1Messages distributed by electronic means from one computer user to one or more recipients via a network: reading e-mail has become the first task of the morning [as modifier]: e-mail messages
More example sentences
  • I have received many, many emails from users looking for them and wanting to know if they are still available.
  • It promises integrated search across desktop files, emails and shared network files.
  • And the messages of support are still coming, in the form of letters, emails and texts.
1.1The system of sending messages by electronic means from one computer to another: a contract communicated by e-mail
More example sentences
  • Now most work is accomplished via Internet meetings, video teleconferences, e-mail, and other electronic media.
  • While a majority of aerospace companies have traditional IT systems, e-mail and a Web site, only a few have begun to address the issues associated with adopting Web-enabled ebusiness.
  • Traut said though this is not the way the phones where designed to be used, sending pictures via e-mail is cheaper.
1.2A message sent by e-mail: I got three e-mails from my mother today


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1Send an e-mail to (someone): you can e-mail me at my normal address
More example sentences
  • Instead, he assured us that BTopenworld would start phoning and emailing those people this week to see if they are still interested in signing up.
  • You can log any intrusion attempts and the modem can apparently even email you an alert.
  • If a transaction comes up with an invalid response, the company has the choice of either not fulfilling the order or telephoning or e-mailing the user to ask him to submit an alternative form of payment.
1.1Send (a message) by e-mail: employees can e-mail the results back
More example sentences
  • This means that you have tried calling the seller and his or her phone number doesn't work, or you have tried emailing a message to the seller and it comes back undeliverable.
  • I am emailing this message to 500,000 defenders and other activists.
  • You can start today by e-mailing a quick message to 5 friends about John McCain and his reform message.


1980s: abbreviation of electronic mail.



Example sentences
  • And as for the prospect of typing in an e-mail using a touchscreen… even habitual e-mailers may find that off-putting.
  • These are probably real addresses, but most who use this technique are spam e-mailers who want to mask the full URL.
  • Surreptitious e-mailers sending spam anonymously will likely ignore the requirement.

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