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voice mail

voIs meIl
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a spoken message that has been recorded electronically and stored on a central computer. The person to whom the message has been sent can listen to it by telephoning the computer.
I can check my voice mail from any telephone.
definition 2: a telephone system that records spoken messages electronically and stores them on a central computer. A subscriber then listens to the messages by telephoning the main computer.
Our school uses voice mail as a way for teachers and families to stay in touch.