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The Definition of - call (verb)

    verb (used with object)
    to cry out in a loud voice; shout:
    He called her name to see if she was home.
    to command or request to come; summon:
    to call a dog; to call a cab; to call a witness.
    to ask or invite to come:
    Will you call the family to dinner?
    to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone:
    Call me when you arrive.
    to rouse from sleep, as by a call; waken:
    Call me at eight o'clock.
    to read over (a roll or a list) in a loud voice.
    to convoke or convene:
    to call Congress into session.
    to announce authoritatively; proclaim:
    to call a halt.
    to order into effect; establish:
    to call a strike.
    to schedule:
    to call a rehearsal.
    to summon by or as if by divine command:
    He felt called to the ministry.
    to summon to an office, duty, etc.:
    His country called him to the colors.
    to cause to come; bring:
    to call to mind; to call into existence.
    to bring under consideration or discussion:
    The judge called the case to court.
    to attract or lure (birds or animals) by imitating characteristic sounds.
    to direct or attract (attention):
    He called his roommate's attention to the mess.
    to name or address (someone) as:
    His parents named him James, but the boys call him Jim.
    to designate as something specified:
    He called me a liar.
    to think of as something specified; consider; estimate:
    I call that a mean remark.
    to demand of (someone) that he or she fulfill a promise, furnish evidence for a statement, etc.:
    They called him on his story.
    to criticize adversely; express disapproval of; censure (often followed by out):
    She called him on his vulgar language.
    to demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan).
    to demand presentation of (bonds) for redemption.
    to forecast correctly:
    He has called the outcome of the last three elections.
    1. to pronounce a judgment on (a shot, pitch, batter, etc.):
      The umpire called the pitch a strike.
    2. to put an end to (a contest) because of inclement weather, poor field conditions, etc.:
      A sudden downpour forced the umpire to call the game.
    Pool. to name (the ball) one intends to drive into a particular pocket.
    (in a computer program) to transfer control of to a procedure or subroutine.
    1. to demand (a card).
    2. to demand the display of a hand by (a player).
    3. Poker. to equal (a bet) or equal the bet made by (the preceding bettor) in a round.
    4. Bridge. to signal one's partner for a lead of (a certain card or suit).
    verb (used without object)
    to speak loudly, as to attract attention; shout; cry:
    She called to the children.
    to make a short visit; stop at a place on some errand or business:
    She called at the store for the package.
    to telephone or try to telephone a person:
    He promised to call at noon.
    1. to demand a card.
    2. to demand a showing of hands.
    3. Poker. to equal a bet.
    4. Bridge. to bid or pass.
    (of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry.
    a cry or shout.
    the cry or vocal sound of a bird or other animal.
    an instrument for imitating this cry and attracting or luring an animal:
    He bought a duck call.
    an act or instance of telephoning:
    She went into the next room to place her call.
    a short visit:
    to make a call on someone.
    a summons or signal sounded by a bugle, bell, etc.:
    We live so close to the fort that we can hear the bugle calls.
    a summons, invitation, or bidding:
    The students gathered at the call of the dean.
    a calling of a roll; roll call.
    the fascination or appeal of a given place, vocation, etc.:
    the call of the sea.
    a mystic experience of divine appointment to a vocation or service:
    He had a call to become a minister.
    a request or invitation to become pastor of a church, a professor in a university, etc.
    a need or occasion:
    He had no call to say such outrageous things.
    a demand or claim:
    to make a call on a person's time.
    a demand for payment of an obligation, especially where payment is at the option of the creditor.
    1. a demand for a card or a showing of hands.
    2. Poker. an equaling of the preceding bet.
    3. Bridge. a bid or pass.
    Sports. a judgment or decision by an umpire, a referee, or other official of a contest, as on a shot, pitch, or batter:
    The referees were making one bad call after another.
    1. a notice of rehearsal posted by the stage manager.
    2. act call.
    3. curtain call.
    Dance. a figure or direction in square dancing, announced to the dancers by the caller.
    Also called call option. Finance. an option that gives the right to buy a fixed amount of a particular stock at a predetermined price within a given period of time, purchased by a person who believes the price will rise.
    Compare put (def 24).
    Fox Hunting. any of several cries, or sounds made on a horn by the hunter to encourage the hounds.
    Verb phrases
    call away, to cause to leave or go; summon:
    A death in the family called him away.
    call back,
    1. to summon or bring back; recall:
      He called back the messenger. The actor was called back for a second audition.
    2. to revoke; retract:
      to call back an accusation.
    call down,
    1. to request or pray for; invoke:
      to call down the wrath of God.
    2. to reprimand; scold:
      The boss called us down for lateness.
    call for,
    1. to go or come to get; pick up; fetch.
    2. to request; summon.
    3. to require; demand; need:
      The occasion calls for a cool head.
    call forth, to summon into action; bring into existence:
    to call forth her courage and resolve.
    call in,
    1. to call for payment; collect.
    2. to withdraw from circulation:
      to call in gold certificates.
    3. to call upon for consultation; ask for help:
      Two specialists were called in to assist in the operation.
    4. to inform or report by telephone:
      Did he call in his decision this morning?
    5. to participate in a radio or television program by telephone.
    call in/into question. question (def 17).
    call off,
    1. to distract; take away:
      Please call off your dog.
    2. to cancel (something) that had been planned for a certain date:
      The performance was called off because of rain.
    call on/upon,
    1. to ask; appeal to:
      They called on him to represent them.
    2. to visit for a short time:
      to call on friends.
    call out,
    1. to speak in a loud voice; shout.
    2. to summon into service or action:
      Call out the militia!
    3. to bring out; elicit:
      The emergency called out her hidden abilities.
    4. to direct attention to with a callout:
      to call out each detail in an illustration.
    5. Informal. to challenge to a fight.
    call up,
    1. to bring forward for consideration or discussion.
    2. to cause to remember; evoke.
    3. to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone.
    4. to summon for action or service:
      A large number of Army reservists were called up.
    5. Computers. to summon (information) from a computer system for display on a video screen:
      She called up the full text.
    call in sick. sick1 (def 15).
    call to order. order (def 48).
    on call,
    1. payable or subject to return without advance notice.
    2. readily available for summoning upon short notice.
    take a call, to acknowledge the applause of the audience after a performance by appearing for a bow or a curtain call.
    within call, within distance or range of being spoken to or summoned:
    Please stay within call.

Word Example of - call

    Example Sentences for call

    After a death the friends of the family should call in person inside of a month.

    About five o'clock he started off to call on Pen, and tell her about the Secretary's letter.

    He cares nothing, for example, for what we call the beauties of nature.

    "You politicians—" she began, when she was interrupted by a call at the door.

    It can call its preachers from among the fishermen, and raise them to power.

    Shall he alone, whom rational we call, Be pleased with nothing, if not blessed with all?

    The call was responded to enthusiastically, every man standing.

    The Big Boss, as he loved to call Jim, was looking very tired.

    Go to the theatre, and see one of these things they call plays.

    She called them the Montmorencys, when she did not call them the Large Family.

Word Origin & History of - call

    Word Origin & History

    call O.E. ceallian "to call, shout," less common than clipian; replaced by related O.N. kalla "to cry loudly," from P.Gmc. *kallojanan (cf. Du. kallen "to talk," O.H.G. kallon "to call"), from PIE base *gal- "to call, scream, shriek, shout" (cf. Skt. garhati "bewail, criticize;" L. gallus "cock;" O.H.G. klaga, Ger. Klage "complaint, grievance, lament, accusation;" O.E. clacu "affront;" O.C.S. glasu "voice," glagolu "word;" Welsh galw "call"). As a noun, from early 14c. Meaning "to give a name to" is mid-13c. Coin-toss sense is from 1801. Meaning "to visit" (M.E.) was literally "to stand at the ...door and call;" noun sense of "a short formal visit" is from 1862. Telephone/telegraph sense is from 1889. To call out someone to fight (1823) corresponds to Fr. provoqueur. To call it a day is from 1834.

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