- 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.
- 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 of callMiddle 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.”
- 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
- ☆ 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
verbcalled, call·ing, calls
- 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. In poker, to place a bet equal to (the preceding bet or bettor).
- 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 the 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.
- Games In poker, to place a bet equal to the preceding bet.
- 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 of callMiddle English callen, probably from Old Norse kalla; see gal- in Indo-European roots. Our Living Language African American Vernacular English 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 case, 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 He calls himself a dancer or She calls herself intelligent.
- A telephone conversation.
- I received several phone calls today.
- I received several calls today.
- A social visit.
- I paid a call to a dear friend of mine.
- A cry or shout.
- He heard a call from the other side of the room.
- A decision or judgement.
- That was a good call.
- The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.
- That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.
- A beckoning or summoning.
- I had to yield to the call of the wild.
- (finance) An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time.
- (cricket) The act of calling to the other batsman.
- (cricket) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
- A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call).
- (computing) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point.
- A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
- There was a 20 dollar bet on the table, and my call was 9.
- (poker) The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.
(third-person singular simple present calls, present participle calling, simple past and past participle called)
- To use one's voice.
- (intransitive) To request, summon, or beckon.
- That person is hurt; call for help!
- (intransitive) To cry or shout.
- To utter in a loud or distinct voice.
- to call the roll of a military company
- (intransitive) To contact by telephone.
- Why don't you call me in the morning? Why don't you call tomorrow?
- To declare in advance.
- The captains call the coin toss.
- To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
- (intransitive) To request, summon, or beckon.
- (intransitive) To visit.
- To pay a (social) visit.
- We could always call on a friend. The engineer called round whilst you were away.
- To stop at a station or port.
- This train calls at Reading, Slough and London Paddington. Our cruise ship called at Bristol Harbour.
- To pay a (social) visit.
- To name, identify or describe.
- To name or refer to.
- Why don't we dispense with the formalities. Please call me Al.
- (in passive) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name.
- I'm called John. A very tall building is called a skyscraper.
- To predict.
- He called twelve of the last three recessions.
- To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact.
- They call the distance ten miles.
- That's enough work. Let's call it a day and go home.
- To name or refer to.
- (cricket) (of a batsman): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they should take a run.
- (baseball, cricket) (of a fielder): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch (thus avoiding collisions).
- (intransitive, poker) To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet.
- To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
- My partner called two spades.
- This job calls for patience.
- A recursive function is one that calls itself.
From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian (“to call, shout”) and Old Norse kalla (“to call, shout”); both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōną (“to call, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *gal(o)s-, *glōs-, *golH-so- (“voice, cry”). Cognate with Scots call, caw, ca (“to call, cry, shout”), Dutch kallen (“to chat, talk”), German kallen (“to scream, talk loudly, talk too much”), Swedish kalla (“to call, refer to, beckon”), Norwegian kalle (“to call, name”), Icelandic kalla (“to call, shout, name”), Latin glōria (“fame, honour, glory”), Welsh galw (“to call, demand”), Polish głos (“voice”), Lithuanian gal̃sas (“echo”). More at glory.
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.
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.