1.to pick up the telephone
2.to lift the telephone
3.put sb.on to
4.answer the telephone
5.answer the phone
He was too lazy to bestir himself even to answer the telephone.
I telephoned,but nobody answered the telephone.
Smith was laughing up his sleeve when Joe answered the phone because he knew the call would be a joke.
Will you answer the telephone if it rings?
He is in conference and cannot come to the telephone.