- To call is to make a sound intended to attract a person's attention, or is when an animal makes a special sound to attract other animals, or to use the telephone to contact someone.
- An example of call is when you shout your friend's name so he knows you are there.
- An example of call is the sounding of a mating duck.
- An example of call is when you use the phone to contact a friend.
- An example of call is when you summon the police or a taxi cab.
call definition by Webster's New World
- to say or read in a loud tone; shout; announce: to call the names of stations
- to command or ask to come; summon: call him to supper
- to summon to a specific duty, profession, etc.: the army called him
- to convoke judicially or officially: to call a meeting
- to give or apply a name to: call the baby Ann
- to designate: they called her a cheat
- to consider or describe as specified: I call it silly
- to direct (attention) to
- to awaken: call me at six
- to communicate with by telephone
- to give orders for: to call a strike
- ☆ to stop or halt: game called because of rain
- to demand or order payment of (a loan or bond issue)
- to utter or chant directions for (a square dance)
- ☆ to imitate the sounds of in order to attract (a bird or animal)
- in pool, to describe (the shot one plans to make)
- to predict
- Poker to equal (the preceding bet) or to equal the bet of (the last previous bettor)
- to challenge on, or force to account for, something said or done
- to expose (someone's bluff) by such action
- ☆ Sports
- to declare officially to be: the umpire called him out
- to invoke (a penalty) against (a player or team)
Origin: Middle English callen ; from Late Old English ceallian and amp; or ; from Old Norse kalla ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gal-, to scream, shriek from source Brythonic galw, call, German klage and amp; (?) Middle Irish gall, swan
- to speak in a loud tone; shout
- to utter its characteristic cry, as a bird or animal
- to visit for a short while: with on or upon
- to ask that a person do something, esp. speak, as at a meeting: with on or upon
- to telephone
- ☆ Poker to equal the last previous bet
- an act or instance of calling
- a loud utterance; shout
- the distinctive cry of an animal or bird
- a sound made in imitation of such a cry to attract an animal or bird
- a device that makes such a sound
- a summons to a meeting, rehearsal, etc.
- the calling up of a quota of men for military service
- a signal on a bugle, drum, etc.
- an act or instance of telephoning
- an economic demand, as for a product
- a request: a call for aid
- an inner urging toward a certain action or profession, esp. a religious vocation regarded as divinely inspired
- an invitation to accept a position as a minister, teacher, etc.
- power to attract or allure: the call of the wild
- need; obligation; occasion: no call for tears
- an order or demand for payment
- a brief visit, esp. a formal or professional visit
- a direction given by a caller of square dances
- roll call
- an option to buy a given quantity of a stock, commodity, etc. at a specified price and within a specified time: calls are purchased in expectation of a rise in price
- Bridge a pass, bid, double, or redouble
- Sports an official's decision or ruling: a good call by the umpire
- a decision: “What do you want to do?” “I don't care— it's your call.”
call definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb called, call·ing, calls verb, transitive
- To say in a loud voice; announce: called my name from across the street; calling out numbers.
- To demand or ask for the presence of: called the children to dinner; call the police.
- To demand or ask for a meeting of; convene or convoke: call the legislature into session.
- To order or request to undertake a particular activity or work; summon: She was called for jury duty. He was called to the priesthood.
- To give the command for; order: call a work stoppage.
- a. To communicate or try to communicate with by telephone: called me at nine.b. To dial (a telephone number): call 911 for help.
- To lure (prey) by imitating the characteristic cry of an animal: call ducks.
- To cause to come to the mind or to attention: a story that calls to mind an incident in my youth.
- To name: What will you call the baby?
- To consider or regard as being of a particular type or kind; characterize: Let's call the game a draw. I'd hardly call him a good manager.
- To designate; label: Nobody calls me a liar.
- a. To demand payment of: call a loan.b. To require the presentation of (a bond) for redemption before maturity.c. To force the sale of (a stock or commodity) by exercising a call option.
- Sports a. To stop or postpone (a game) because of bad weather, darkness, or other adverse conditions.b. To declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee: call a runner out; call a penalty for holding.c. To indicate a decision in regard to: calling balls and strikes; called a close play at home plate.d. To give the orders or signals for: a quarterback who called a poor play.
- Games a. To describe the intended outcome of (one's billiard shot) before playing.b. To equal the bet of (the preceding bet or bettor) in a poker game.
- To indicate or characterize accurately in advance; predict: It is often difficult to call the outcome of an election. See Synonyms at predict.
- To challenge the truthfulness or genuineness of: called the debater on a question of fact.
- To shout directions in rhythm for (a square dance).
- a. To speak loudly; shout: a swimmer who was calling for help.b. To utter a characteristic cry. Used of an animal: geese calling in early morning.
- To communicate or try to communicate with someone by telephone: I called twice, but no one answered.
- To pay a short visit: We called to pay our respects. He called on the neighbors but they weren't home.
- A loud cry; a shout.
- a. The characteristic cry of an animal.b. A sound or an instrument made to imitate such a cry, used as a lure: a moose call.
- A telephone communication or connection.
- Need or occasion: There was no call for an apology.
- Demand: There isn't much call for buggy whips today.
- A claim on a person's time or life: the call of duty.
- A short visit, especially one made as a formality or for business or professional purposes.
- A summons or invitation.
- a. A signal, such as that made by a horn or bell.b. The sounding of a horn to encourage hounds during a hunt.
- a. A strong inner urge or prompting; a vocation: a call to the priesthood.b. The strong attraction or appeal of a given activity or environment: the call of the wild; answered the call of the desert.
- A roll call.
- A notice of rehearsal times posted in a theater.
- Sports a. A decision made by an umpire or referee.b. An announced description of a game or race, as by a sportscaster.
- A direction or series of directions rhythmically called out to square dancers.
- a. A demand for payment of a debt.b. A demand to submit bonds to the issuer for redemption before the maturity date.c. An option to buy a certain quantity of a stock or commodity for a specified price within a specified time.d. A demand for payment due on stock bought on margin when the value has shrunk.
Origin: Middle English callen, probably from Old Norse kalla; see gal- in Indo-European roots.Our Living Language African American Vernacular English (AAVE) uses call oneself with a present participle, as in They call themselves dancing, to express the idea that the people being talked about are not very good at what they're doing (in this example, dancing), even though they may think they are. This construction has a structure and meaning similar to the Standard English use of call oneself with a noun phrase or adjective, as in She calls herself intelligent or He calls himself a dancer.
call - Computer Definition
- In telecommunications, a connection through a telephone network in support of a communication between two or more stations. A call comprises a sequence of events that begins when an end user at an originating station initiates a call request to a switch that may work in conjunction with other switches to establish a connection to an end user at a destination station, and concludes when one party (user) terminates the connection. In other words, a call encompasses the operations required to set up or establish, maintain, and terminate or release a connection.
- In switching systems, a demand to set up a connection between two or more stations.
- A telephone conversation between two or more simultaneously present end users. In other words, a real-time telephone conversation between two or more live people.
- The attempt to reach someone by telephone, whether successful or not, in other words, a call attempt.
- In computing, the act of causing a program, routine, or subroutine to execute.
(1) In programming, a statement that requests services from another subroutine or program. The call is physically made to the subroutine by a branch instruction or some other linking method that is created by the assembler, compiler or interpreter. The routine that is called is responsible for returning control to the calling program after it has finished processing. See stack.
(2) In communications, the action taken by the transmitting station to establish a connection with the receiving station in a dial-up network.
call - Investment & Finance Definition
The right, but not the obligation, to sell a security at a predetermined price.
- An option that permits its holder to purchase a specific asset at a predetermined price until a certain date. For example, an investor may purchase a call option on General Electric stock that confers the right to buy 100 shares at $25 per share until October 17. Calls are sold for a fee by other investors, who incur an obligation. Also called call option. Compare put 1. See also synthetic call.
- An issuer's right to repurchase an issue of bonds at a predetermined price before maturity. The feature is used when interest rates fall, so that the bonds can be repurchased and a new, lower-rate issue sold. A call feature is normal for nearly all long-term bond issues, and it operates to the detriment of bond owners. See also call price, cleanup call, extraordinary call, optional call, sinking fund call.
- Redemption of an issue of bonds before maturity by forcing the bondholders to sell at the call price.
call - Legal Definition
- In property law, an identifiable natural landmark that serves to delineate the boundary of land. See also metes and bounds.
- A demand for the payment of money or the delivery of a security, such as a bond, by someone entitled to make such a demand. See also puts and calls.
call - Phrases/Idioms
- to ask or command to come back
- to telephone again or in return
- to ask purchasers to return (an imperfect or dangerous product), often so that a manufacturing defect can be corrected; recall
- to invoke
- â Informal to scold sharply; rebuke
called to the bar
- to demand; require an emergency that calls for extreme measures
- to come and get; stop for
- to predict the forecast calls for snow flurries tonight
- to summon for help or consultation
- to take out of circulation, as coin or bonds
- to demand payment of
call into question
- to order away; divert
- to read aloud in order from a list
- to cancel (a scheduled event)
- to speak aloud; shout
- to summon into action
- to summon (workers) to strike
- to make someone remember; recall the aroma of freshly baked bread calls up fond memories
- to summon, esp. for military duty
- to telephone
- to retrieve (data) or access (a file, menu, etc.) and display on a computer screen
- available when called for or summoned
- payable on demand
call a spade a spade
call it a day
call it a night
call it quits
call of nature
call (someone's) bluff
- Available when summoned for service or use: physicians who were on call for 48 hours.
- Subject to payment on demand.