dial

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdaɪəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdaɪəl, daɪl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dīəl, dīl)


Inflections of 'dial' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
When both "l" and "ll" forms exist, spellings with a double "l" are correct, but rare, in US English, while those with a single "l" are not correct in UK English.
dials
v 3rd person singular
dialling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (Mainly UK)
dialing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (US)
dialled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Mainly UK)
dialed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (US)
dialled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Mainly UK)
dialed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US)
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

dial

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. the [phone, telephone, watch, clock] dial
  2. the [radio, control, machine, scale] dial
  3. the [radio] dials
  4. a [luminous, fluorescent, gold, pearl] (watch) dial
  5. the [second, minute] hand swept across the dial
  6. the [minute] hand on the dial
  7. the [numbers, letters, symbols] on the dial
  8. the dial has a (small) [scratch, mark, crack]
  9. don't touch that dial; (we'll be right back)
  10. the dials [marked, showed, pointed to] [zero, fifty]
  11. is set to speed dial
  12. tell time [using, with] sun dials
  13. at the [top, bottom] of the dial
v
  1. dial her (phone, telephone) number
  2. dialed the wrong number
  3. accidentally dialed her number
  4. (for emergencies,) dial [911, 999]
  5. the number you dialed is not valid
  6. dial into the [network, station, program]
  7. dialing from [outside, within] the US
  8. dial [long distance, abroad]
  9. dialed her up
  10. dial it [down, back] a notch
  11. dial down the [hysteria, hype]
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