What is the difference between

answering the phone


taking the call


Are they interchangeable? or Do they have some difference in their meaning?


Take a call means agree to answer while answer the phone means pick up the phone and speak when it rings.

To make it clear, let me make an example: your friend calls your home. Your Mum answers the phone but you're not willing to talk to your friend so you won't take the call.

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to take the call = to speak with the caller

to answer the phone: to say "hello" (or similar) when the phone is ringing

Mr Jones, John Q. Public is on line 3.
--Tell him I'm not in the office. I don't want to take his call.

Ring! Ring!
-- Hello.

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