dial in

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dial + in, from tuning in to a radio frequency by changing the dial, or dialling a telephone number (originally on a rotary dial).


dial in (third-person singular simple present dials in, present participle dialling in or (US) dialing in, simple past and past participle dialled in or (US) dialed in)

  1. To configure or set up, particularly a complex machine with many configuration options (especially knobs and dials).
    Before starting the recording, make sure you've dialled in the right synthesiser settings.
  2. To connect to a system or service by telephone.
    I tried dialling in to the server, but I couldn't connect.
  3. To join or participate in a conference call.
    Did you dial in to that earnings announcement?
  4. To apprehend and align oneself (to an idea, circumstance, way of thinking, etc.)
    The company quickly dialled in to the fact that customers wanted greater convenience.
    Nowadays most people are dialled in to the idea that smoking is bad for you.

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When used as a verb, unhyphenated; when used as an adjective, hyphenated (dial-in).

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