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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
call /kɔl/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to cry out in a loud voice;
shout: [~ + object]to call someone's name.[~ + for + object]She called for someone to help her.[~ + to + object]He called to his children out on the field.
- to ask or invite to come; summon[~ + object]Call a doctor, quick!
- to communicate or try to communicate with (someone) by telephone: [~ + object]She called her boyfriend twice.[no object]I called, but no one was home.
- to read over (a list) in a loud voice, as to see whether certain people are there[~ + object]The instructor called the roll.
- [~ + object] to announce (a meeting, etc.) and invite people to attend; convoke;
convene: He called a meeting for next week.
- [~ + object] to announce as an authority;
proclaim: The union leader called a strike.
- to direct or attract (attention)[~ + object]Let me call your attention to this painting.
- to name or address (someone) as (someone or something): [~ + object + object]My friends call me Ray.[~ + object + by + object]We always called James by his nickname, Jim.
- to designate or describe (someone or something) as (someone or something): [ ~ + obj + noun]:She called me a liar.[ ~ + obj + adjective]:I'd call it crazy.
- to forecast or predict correctly[~ + object]Last year an economist said a recession was already on the way; well, she called it perfectly.
[~ + object] (of a sports official)
- to pronounce a judgment on (a shot, etc.):The batter was called out on strikes.
to declare as a bet (the side of a coin that will turn up): [~ + object]He called heads but it landed tails.[no object]Call while the coin is in the air.
[~ + object]
- to put an end to (a contest) because of bad weather, etc.:The officials called the game because of darkness.
- to demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan or debt):They called his debt of $100,000.
Animal Behavior (of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry[no object]We listened to the birds calling in the meadow.
- (in poker) to bet the same amount as (another bettor ):I called that fifty-cent bet.
- to request or demand to return; recall: [~ + back + object]The automobile company called back those defective minivans.[~ + object + back]They called the minivans back.
- to return a telephone call or the telephone call of (someone): [no object]I'll call back in an hour.[~ + object + back]I called the salesman back.
- to request or pray for: [~ + down + object]called down the Lord's mercy on all sinners.[~ + object + down]He called the Lord's mercy down on his people.
call for, [~ + for + object]
- [~ + object + down] to reprimand; scold:He was called down for his poor work.
- to go or come to get;
fetch:I'll call for you at seven o'clock.
- to demand; request strongly;
urge to happen:The students called for an end to tuition increases.
- to require;
need:This emergency calls for prompt action.
- to summon or take away: [~ + off + object]Call off your dog![~ + object + off]Call him off!
call on or upon, [~ + on/upon + object]
- to cancel (something planned): [~ + off + object]The teacher called off the test.[~ + object + off]to call it off because of the snow.
- to ask; appeal to:We call on your generosity.[~ + on/upon + object + to + verb]We called upon the President to do something for them.
- to visit for a short time:He wanted to call on his girlfriend.
- to speak in a loud voice; shout: [~ + object + out]She called my name out and I stood up.[~ + out + object]She called out my name.
- [~ + out + object] to summon into service or action: Call out the militia!
- to bring forward for consideration or action: [~ + up + object]He called up the information from the computer.[~ + object + up]Can you call the student's name up and see what his status is?
- [~ + up + object] to cause to remember; recall;
evoke:The trip called up happy memories of my youth.
- to make a telephone call to: [~ + object + up]When I call you up, your line's busy.[~ + up + object]Call up every John Smith until you find the right one.
- to summon for action, esp. military service: [~ + up + object]The Pentagon called up most of the National Guard units.[ ~ + obj + up]:The Pentagon will call them up for duty.
- a cry or shout[countable]I heard a call for help.
- Animal Behavior the typical sound or cry of a bird or other animal[countable]the call of the blue jay.
- an act or instance of telephoning[countable]Give me a call when you're ready.
- a short visit[countable]Let's pay a call on our favorite aunt.
- a signal made by a bugle, alarm, etc.[countable]The firefighters responded to twenty calls during that snowstorm.
- a summons, invitation, or bidding[countable]The emergency squad went out on a call.
- [uncountable] fascination or appeal: the call of the wild.
- [uncountable] a need or occasion: no call for panic.
- [countable] a demand or claim: a call on one's time.
- Sport a judgment by an umpire or other official of a contest[countable]a bad call by the referee.
- Idiomson call, readily available for summoning upon short notice:stayed at the hospital on call from 11 to 6.
- 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:She called him on his vulgar language.
- Businessto demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan).
- Businessto demand presentation of (bonds) for redemption.
- to forecast correctly:He has called the outcome of the last three elections.
[Sports.](of an official)
- to pronounce a judgment on (a shot, pitch, batter, etc.):The umpire called the pitch a strike.
Games[Pool.]to name (the ball) one intends to drive into a particular pocket.
Computing(in a computer program) to transfer control of to a procedure or subroutine.
- 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.
- to demand the display of a hand by (a player).
- [Poker.]to equal (a bet) or equal the bet made by (the preceding bettor) in a round.
- [Bridge.]to signal one's partner for a lead of (a certain card or suit).
- 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.
- to demand a showing of hands.
Animal Behavior(of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry.
call away, to cause to leave or go; summon:A death in the family called him away.
- to summon or bring back;
recall:He called back the messenger. The actor was called back for a second audition.
- to revoke; retract:to call back an accusation.
- to request or pray for;
invoke:to call down the wrath of God.
- to reprimand; scold:The boss called us down for lateness.
- to go or come to get;
call forth, to summon into action; bring into existence:to call forth her courage and resolve.
- to require;
need:The occasion calls for a cool head.
- to call for payment;
- to withdraw from circulation:to call in gold certificates.
- to call upon for consultation; ask for help:Two specialists were called in to assist in the operation.
- to inform or report by telephone:Did he call in his decision this morning?
call in or into question. See question (def. 12).
Idiomscall in sick. See sick 1 (def. 13).
- to participate in a radio or television program by telephone.
- to distract; take away:Please call off your dog.
call on or upon:
- to cancel (something) that had been planned for a certain date:The performance was called off because of rain.
- to ask; appeal to:They called on him to represent them.
- to visit for a short time:to call on friends.
- to speak in a loud voice; shout.
- to summon into service or action:Call out the militia!
- to bring out;
elicit:The emergency called out her hidden abilities.
- to direct attention to with a callout:to call out each detail in an illustration.
Idiomscall to order. See order (def. 38).
- [Informal.]to challenge to a fight.
- to bring forward for consideration or discussion.
- to cause to remember; evoke.
- to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone.
- to summon for action or service:A large number of Army reservists were called up.
- [Computers.]to summon (information) from a computer system for display on a video screen:She called up the full text.
- a cry or shout.
- Animal Behaviorthe 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 a telephone booth 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.
- Businessa demand for payment of an obligation, esp. where payment is at the option of the creditor.
- a demand for a card or a showing of hands.
- [Poker.]an equaling of the preceding bet.
Sport[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.
- a notice of rehearsal posted by the stage manager.
Dance, Music and Dance[Dancing.]a figure or direction in square dancing, announced to the dancers by the caller.
Banking, BusinessAlso 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. Cf. put (def. 47).
Sport[Fox Hunting.]any of several cries, or sounds made on a horn by the hunter to encourage the hounds.
- payable or subject to return without advance notice.
Idioms, Show Businesstake a call, to acknowledge the applause of the audience after a performance by appearing for a bow or a curtain call.
Idiomswithin call, within distance or range of being spoken to or summoned:Please stay within call.
- readily available for summoning upon short notice.
2, 3, 12 . Call, invite, summon imply requesting the presence or attendance of someone at a particular place. Call is the general word:to call a meeting.To invite is to ask someone courteously to come as a guest, a participant, etc., leaving the person free to refuse:to invite guests to a concert; to invite them to contribute to a fund.Summon implies sending for someone, using authority or formality in making the request and (theoretically) not leaving the person free to refuse:to summon a witness, members of a committee, etc.
- Old Norse kalla to call out, conflated with Old English (West Saxon) ceallian to shout; cognate with Middle Dutch kallen to talk, Old High German kallôn to shout, akin to Old English -calla herald, Irish gall swan, Old Church Slavonic glasù voice
- late Middle English callen, probably 1200–50
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call /kɔːl/ vb
- (often followed by out) to speak or utter (words, sounds, etc) loudly so as to attract attention: he called out her name
- (transitive) to ask or order to come: to call a policeman
- (intransitive) sometimes followed by on: to make a visit (to): she called on him
- (transitive) to summon to a specific office, profession, etc: he was called to the ministry
- (of animals or birds) to utter (a characteristic sound or cry)
- (transitive) to summon (a bird or animal) by imitating its cry
- (transitive) to name or style: they called the dog Rover
- (transitive) to designate: they called him a coward
- (transitive) to regard in a specific way: I call it a foolish waste of time
- (transitive) to attract (attention)
- (transitive) to read (a list, register, etc) aloud to check for omissions or absentees
- when tr, usually followed by for: to give an order (for): to call a strike
- (intransitive) to try to predict the result of tossing a coin
- (transitive) to awaken: I was called early this morning
- (transitive) to cause to assemble: to call a meeting
- (transitive) (of an umpire, referee, etc) to pass judgment upon (a shot, player, etc) with a call
- (transitive) Austral NZ to broadcast a commentary on (a horse race or other sporting event)
- (transitive) to demand repayment of (a loan, redeemable bond, security, etc)
- (transitive) Brit to award (a student at an Inn of Court) the degree of barrister (esp in the phrase call to the bar)
- (transitive) to demand that (a player) expose his hand, after equalling his bet
- (intransitive) to make a bid
- (in square-dancing) to call out (instructions) to the dancers
- to ask (a player) to say what kind of shot he will play or (of a player) to name his shot
- (intransitive) followed by for: to require: this problem calls for study
- to come or go (for) in order to fetch: I will call for my book later
- (intr; followed by on or upon) to make an appeal or request (to): they called upon him to reply
- (transitive) to predict the outcome of an event: we don't know yet if the plan has succeeded because it's too soon to call
- call into being ⇒ to create
- call to mind ⇒ to remember or cause to be remembered
See also call down
- a cry or shout
- the characteristic cry of a bird or animal
- a device, such as a whistle, intended to imitate the cry of a bird or animal
- a summons or invitation
- a summons or signal sounded on a horn, bugle, etc
- a short visit: the doctor made six calls this morning
- an inner urge to some task or profession; vocation
- allure or fascination, esp of a place: the call of the forest
- need, demand, or occasion: there is no call to shout, we don't get much call for stockings these days
- demand or claim (esp in the phrase the call of duty)
- a notice to actors informing them of times of rehearsals
- a conversation or a request for a connection by telephone
- a demand for repayment of a loan
- (as modifier): call money
- a demand for redeemable bonds or shares to be presented for repayment
- a demand for a hand or hands to be exposed
- a bid, or a player's turn to bid
- a decision or judgment
- Austral a broadcast commentary on a horse race or other sporting event
Also called: call option an option to buy a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified period
- on call ⇒ (of a loan, etc) repayable on demand
- available to be called for work outside normal working hours
- within call ⇒ within range; accessible
, call forth
, call in
, call off
, call out
, call upEtymology: Old English ceallian; related to Old Norse kalla, Old High German kallōn, Old Slavonic glasǔ voice
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