Meaning of email in English:


Pronunciation /ˈiːmeɪl/

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(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’
    • ‘email messages’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Enclosures work like attachments to e-mail messages.’
    • ‘I don't read email very often.’
    • ‘Some people were even using a second application to read email.’
    • ‘I wanted to check my email on my computer at home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was deleting e-mail from my phone.’
    • ‘Do not waste time deleting email messages individually; that can take all day.’
    • ‘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.’
    communication, piece of information, news, word, note, memorandum, memo, email, posting, tweet, letter, line, missive, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, notification, announcement
    1. 1.1The system of sending messages by electronic means.
      ‘a contract communicated by email’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The system would be tied together by phone, e-mail, and Internet messaging.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It highlights how to detect intrusions and how to secure file systems, e-mail, web servers and other key applications.’
      • ‘How about sending sensitive documents over e-mail without encryption?’
      • ‘Inside, the rooms feature an on-command TV system with e-mail and internet access.’
      • ‘The only catch here is you are sending the means to access your system via e-mail during that one hour period.’
      • ‘The topic of sending attachments by e-mail is not one that is discussed as much as it probably should be.’
      • ‘The Washington University mission control centre will monitor the flight and weather and regularly communicate with Fossett via e-mail and satellite phone.’
      • ‘Increasingly, it appears that to master spam and reclaim electronic mail as a trusted communications medium, the entire e-mail system must be rethought.’
      • ‘There are two strands of idealism that present an obstacle to fixing our broken internet email system, and this is one of them.’
      • ‘A custom-built solar system will charge all their electronic communications, including internet, e-mail and satellite telephone services.’
      • ‘Communications are now immediate through e-mail, phone and video applications.’
    2. 1.2count noun A message sent by email.
      • ‘I got three emails from my mother today’


(also e-mail)
[with object]
  • 1Send an email to (someone)

    ‘you can email me at my normal address’
    • ‘call, fax, or email for a free demo’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I emailed the person who started that particular chain and told her the facts and to quit the hype.’
    • ‘I've had a few people email me and tell me that their virus scanners caused the mouse to stop functioning.’
    • ‘I can see that people are going to email me telling me that I just don't get it.’
    • ‘We have e-mailed the person who manages these sites - twice in fact - but so far have not been graced with a reply.’
    • ‘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 right to e-mail a person will become a cherished privilege.’
    • ‘It's free, and it promises to e-mail you regarding the latest threats to your PC.’
    • ‘If you have a comment, or a suggestion on how I can improve please feel free to email me.’
    • ‘If you have a keen interest in this subject please feel free to email me with your thoughts.’
    • ‘Okay, if you have any ideas for my story feel free to email me or review them to me.’
    • ‘Feel free to email me if you want more specifics about our attempts to find my father.’
    • ‘If you are interested in being a sponsor or a case study, please email me and I will send you a prospectus.’
    • ‘Feel free to email me instead, particularly if you want to tell me nice things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    transmit, convey, communicate
    1. 1.1Send (a message) by email.
      ‘employees can email the results back’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘She asked whether it would be OK to e-mail supportive messages to Jeff in Iraq.’
      • ‘When we e-mail a message we don't speak on the telephone.’
      • ‘Now the company says that real estate advertisers will have to email their ads directly.’
      • ‘PETA have retaliated by emailing the banned advert to hundreds of radio stations nationwide.’
      • ‘It is claimed that the suspect spread the Trojan horse by emailing thousands of messages that promised job offers.’
      • ‘A further 25,000 people have e-mailed their photographs and messages of support to Londoners.’


1970s abbreviation of electronic mail.