Definition of autodial in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pulled out her PA, flipped it open, and hit the autodial for the Fixit Shop.’
    • ‘It's really hard because I can't just delete him from the cell phone autodial and be off on my merry way.’


  • 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’
    • ‘When the companies announced their merger, the nation's media reporters autodialed the usual critics of media conglomeration.’
    • ‘She flipped open her PA and looked up ‘Vermont’, then ‘government’, then ‘legal departments’, then ‘Attorney General’, then autodialed the number.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The Address Agent features autodialing of phone numbers.’
    • ‘Sabrina hit the FLASH key and then autodialed Chris' cellphone.’