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Definition of "call" []

  • To say in a loud voice; announce: called my name from across the street; calling out numbers. (verb-transitive)
  • To demand or ask for the presence of: called the children to dinner; call the police. (verb-transitive)
  • To demand or ask for a meeting of; convene or convoke: call the legislature into session. (verb-transitive)
  • To order or request to undertake a particular activity or work; summon: She was called for jury duty. He was called to the priesthood. (verb-transitive)
  • To give the command for; order: call a work stoppage. (verb-transitive)
  • To speak or utter (words, sounds, etc) loudly so as to attract attention (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To ask or order to come (verb)
  • To make a visit (to) (verb)
  • To telephone (a person) (verb)
  • To summon to a specific office, profession, etc (verb)
  • (of animals or birds) to utter (a characteristic sound or cry) (verb)
  • To summon (a bird or animal) by imitating its cry (verb)
  • To name or style (verb)
  • To designate (verb)
  • To speak ill of or scold (verb)
  • To regard in a specific way (verb)
  • To attract (attention) (verb)
  • To read (a list, register, etc) aloud to check for omissions or absentees (verb)
  • To give an order (for) (verb)
  • To try to predict the result of tossing a coin (verb)
  • To awaken (verb)
  • To cause to assemble (verb)
  • (of an umpire, referee, etc) to pass judgment upon (a shot, player, etc) with a call (verb)
  • To broadcast a commentary on (a horse race or other sporting event) (verb)
  • To demand repayment of (a loan, redeemable bond, security, etc) (verb)
  • To demand payment of (a portion of a share issue not yet paid by subscribers) (verb)
  • To award (a student at an Inn of Court) the degree of barrister (esp in the phrase call to the bar) (verb)
  • To transfer control to (a named subprogram) (verb)
  • To demand that (a player) expose his hand, after equalling his bet (verb)
  • To make a bid (verb)
  • (in square-dancing) to call out (instructions) to the dancers (verb)
  • To ask (a player) to say what kind of shot he will play or (of a player) to name his shot (verb)
  • To require (verb)
  • To come or go (for) in order to fetch (verb)
  • To make an appeal or request (to) (verb)
  • To predict the outcome of an event (verb)
  • A cry or shout (noun)
  • The characteristic cry of a bird or animal (noun)
  • A device, such as a whistle, intended to imitate the cry of a bird or animal (noun)
  • A summons or invitation (noun)
  • A summons or signal sounded on a horn, bugle, etc (noun)
  • Any of several notes or patterns of notes, blown on a hunting horn as a signal (noun)
  • An imitation of the characteristic cry of a wild animal or bird to lure it to the hunter (noun)
  • An instrument for producing such an imitation (noun)
  • A short visit (noun)
  • An inner urge to some task or profession; vocation (noun)
  • Allure or fascination, esp of a place (noun)
  • The summons to the bar of a student member of an Inn of Court (noun)
  • Need, demand, or occasion (noun)
  • Demand or claim (esp in the phrase the call of duty) (noun)
  • A notice to actors informing them of times of rehearsals (noun)
  • (in square dancing) an instruction to execute new figures (noun)
  • A conversation or a request for a connection by telephone (noun)
  • A demand for repayment of a loan (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A demand for redeemable bonds or shares to be presented for repayment (noun)
  • A demand for an instalment payment on the issue price of bonds or shares (noun)
  • A demand to an opponent to say what kind of shot he or she will play (noun)
  • A demand for a hand or hands to be exposed (noun)
  • A bid, or a player's turn to bid (noun)
  • A decision or judgment (noun)
  • A decision of an umpire or referee regarding a shot, pitch, etc (noun)
  • A broadcast commentary on a horse race or other sporting event (noun)
  • An option to buy a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified period (noun)

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Use "call" in a sentence
  • "Furthermore, what if my son had to call 911 from the house and was given a “call was lost” message?"
  • "As you process each input you tag it appropriately if it is a single action: “call insurance company and request copy of accident report” receives the @call tag."
  • "The call went through to a \'call center\ 'in Pakistan.'"