WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
call /kɔl/USA pronunciation
[countable] a cry or shout:I heard a call for help.
Animal Behavior[countable] the typical sound or cry of a bird or other animal:the call of the blue jay.
[countable] an act or instance of telephoning:Give me a call when you're ready.
[countable] a short visit:Let's pay a call on our favorite aunt.
[countable] a signal made by a bugle, alarm, etc.:The firefighters responded to twenty calls during that snowstorm.
[countable] a summons, invitation, or bidding: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[countable] a judgment by an umpire or other official of a contest:a bad call by the referee.
- 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.
- [~ + object] to ask or invite to come; summon: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.
- [~ + object] to read over (a list) in a loud voice, as to see whether certain people are there: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.
- [~ + object] to direct or attract (attention):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.
- [~ + object] to forecast or predict correctly: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 put an end to (a contest) because of bad weather, etc.:The officials called the game because of darkness.
- 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 demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan or debt):They called his debt of $100,000.
- (in poker) to bet the same amount as (another bettor ):I called that fifty-cent bet.
- Animal Behavior[no object] (of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry:We listened to the birds calling in the meadow.
- 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.
- Idiomson call, readily available for summoning upon short notice:stayed at the hospital on call from 11 to 6.
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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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