Definition of email in English:


(also e-mail)


mass noun
  • 1Messages distributed by electronic means from one computer user to one or more recipients via a network.

    ‘reading email has become the first task of the morning’
    as modifier ‘email messages’
    • ‘I don't read email very often.’
    • ‘A user downloads e-mail messages from a server to the client device.’
    • ‘In Sept. of 2000, the ratio of viruses to e-mail messages in the United States was one virus per every 1,400 e-mails.’
    • ‘It's silly that a guy who consumes a terabyte of data a month gets the same service for the same price as someone who just wants to read email and surf the web.’
    • ‘I wanted to check my email on my computer at home.’
    • ‘Enclosures work like attachments to e-mail messages.’
    • ‘I was deleting e-mail from my phone.’
    • ‘Some people were even using a second application to read email.’
    • ‘Do not waste time deleting email messages individually; that can take all day.’
    • ‘After a week without checking my email, text messaging, or hearing the ringtone of my phone, I am beginning to settle into a steady state of calm.’
    communication, piece of information, news, word, note, memorandum, memo, posting, tweet, letter, line, missive, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, notification, announcement
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    1. 1.1 The system of sending messages by electronic means.
      ‘a contract communicated by email’
      • ‘How about sending sensitive documents over e-mail without encryption?’
      • ‘The only catch here is you are sending the means to access your system via e-mail during that one hour period.’
      • ‘The service allows you to send and receive information to and from any number of mobile phones from e-mail systems, internet web pages, intranet web pages and databases.’
      • ‘Increasingly, it appears that to master spam and reclaim electronic mail as a trusted communications medium, the entire e-mail system must be rethought.’
      • ‘Now most work is accomplished via Internet meetings, video teleconferences, e-mail, and other electronic media.’
      • ‘A custom-built solar system will charge all their electronic communications, including internet, e-mail and satellite telephone services.’
      • ‘Known as SoBig.F, the new variant behaves much like its older siblings, infecting Windows machines via e-mail and sending out dozens of copies of itself.’
      • ‘Inside, the rooms feature an on-command TV system with e-mail and internet access.’
      • ‘It highlights how to detect intrusions and how to secure file systems, e-mail, web servers and other key applications.’
      • ‘The Washington University mission control centre will monitor the flight and weather and regularly communicate with Fossett via e-mail and satellite phone.’
      • ‘Traut said though this is not the way the phones where designed to be used, sending pictures via e-mail is cheaper.’
      • ‘Communications are now immediate through e-mail, phone and video applications.’
      • ‘The topic of sending attachments by e-mail is not one that is discussed as much as it probably should be.’
      • ‘There are two strands of idealism that present an obstacle to fixing our broken internet email system, and this is one of them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The system would be tied together by phone, e-mail, and Internet messaging.’
    2. 1.2count noun A message sent by email.
      ‘I got three emails from my mother today’
      • ‘Estimates as to the actual number of users who received the unsolicited emails run in the tens of millions, it says.’
      • ‘It promises integrated search across desktop files, emails and shared network files.’
      • ‘She quickly scanned through the emails from computer forum geeks, fans and people asking for advice.’
      • ‘And the messages of support are still coming, in the form of letters, emails and texts.’
      • ‘Even when the recipient can review blocked emails, in many cases, they simply choose not to.’
      • ‘He agreed to discuss his Hall of Fame ballot with me in a series of emails and instant messages.’
      • ‘She has received thousands of emails, half from women, half from men.’
      • ‘What on earth possessed me to read through those old emails?’
      • ‘He said the audit was prompted by a concern about the number of viruses and suspicious emails appearing on computers.’
      • ‘I have received many, many emails from users looking for them and wanting to know if they are still available.’
      • ‘I gave up, connected the computer and sent emails to all my US friends, praying they were okay and asking them to get in touch.’
      • ‘She was already awake when he got up, sitting at her desk and typing emails on the computer.’
      • ‘Hoaxes often ask you to avoid reading or downloading emails that have a particular subject line.’
      • ‘If users open the emails, and then click on the links they may find their computers are compromised.’
      • ‘Blaire has received thousands of emails, most of which applaud her proactive attitude.’


[with object]
  • 1Send an email to (someone)

    ‘you can email me at my normal address’
    no object ‘call, fax, or email for a free demo’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I emailed the person who started that particular chain and told her the facts and to quit the hype.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Feel free to email me instead, particularly if you want to tell me nice things.’
    • ‘If you have a keen interest in this subject please feel free to email me with your thoughts.’
    • ‘I can see that people are going to email me telling me that I just don't get it.’
    • ‘If any of you are single, eligible women who would like to meet Mark in person, please feel free to e-mail me with a short paragraph describing yourself, and I'll be happy to forward it on to Mark.’
    • ‘The next time the person emails me again, it goes directly into my Deleted Items folder.’
    • ‘It seems the council is miffed that so much of its IT resource is used up by people emailing their friends.’
    • ‘We have e-mailed the person who manages these sites - twice in fact - but so far have not been graced with a reply.’
    • ‘And to all my law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security readers, feel free to e-mail me your catch-and-release photos or horror stories.’
    • ‘Okay, if you have any ideas for my story feel free to email me or review them to me.’
    • ‘It's free, and it promises to e-mail you regarding the latest threats to your PC.’
    • ‘You can log any intrusion attempts and the modem can apparently even email you an alert.’
    • ‘This will eliminate the need for e-mailing us or faxing the information to our reservations office and it will most definitely make the process more efficient, she said.’
    • ‘If you have a comment, or a suggestion on how I can improve please feel free to email me.’
    • ‘I've had a few people email me and tell me that their virus scanners caused the mouse to stop functioning.’
    • ‘Feel free to email me if you want more specifics about our attempts to find my father.’
    • ‘The right to e-mail a person will become a cherished privilege.’
    • ‘If you are interested in being a sponsor or a case study, please email me and I will send you a prospectus.’
    transmit, convey, communicate
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    1. 1.1 Send (a message) by email.
      ‘employees can email the results back’
      • ‘It is claimed that the suspect spread the Trojan horse by emailing thousands of messages that promised job offers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘PETA have retaliated by emailing the banned advert to hundreds of radio stations nationwide.’
      • ‘You can start today by e-mailing a quick message to 5 friends about John McCain and his reform message.’
      • ‘I am emailing this message to 500,000 defenders and other activists.’
      • ‘Now the company says that real estate advertisers will have to email their ads directly.’
      • ‘When we e-mail a message we don't speak on the telephone.’
      • ‘At least that's what I assumed when I found a site that lets you e-mail loving messages to friends and family after you ‘pass.’’
      • ‘A further 25,000 people have e-mailed their photographs and messages of support to Londoners.’
      • ‘She asked whether it would be OK to e-mail supportive messages to Jeff in Iraq.’


1970s: abbreviation of electronic mail.