Call a work stoppage.
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.
Nobody calls me a liar.
It is often difficult to call the outcome of an election.
We called to pay our respects. He called on the neighbors but they weren't home.
Called the debater on a question of fact.
I called twice, but no one answered.
There was no call for an apology.
There isn't much call for buggy whips today.
The call of duty.
To call the names of stations.
Call him to supper.
The army called him.
To call a meeting.
I call it silly.
Call me at six.
To call a strike.
Game called because of rain.
A call for aid.
The call of the wild.
No call for tears.
That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- (intransitive, poker) To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet.
- My partner called two spades.
A recursive function is one that calls itself.
Called my name from across the street; calling out numbers.
Called the children to dinner; call the police.
Call the legislature into session.
She was called for jury duty. He was called to the priesthood.
A story that calls to mind an incident in my youth.
What will you call the baby?
Let's call the game a draw. I'd hardly call him a good manager.
- To raise doubts about.
- To stop what one has been doing, for the remainder of the day or at least for the present.
- To stop what one has been doing, for the remainder of the night.
- To stop working or trying; quit.
- To speak to or about another in offensive terms.
- A need to urinate or defecate. Often used with answer:He left the room to answer the call of nature.
- To demand proof for or respond in a challenging way to the claims or threats of another that one presumes to be false.
- To exercise authority; be in charge.
- Available when summoned for service or use:Physicians who were on call for 48 hours.
- Subject to payment on demand.
- Close enough to come if summoned:The nurse is within call if you need him.
- 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
- to scold sharply; rebuke
- admitted to the practice of law as a barrister
- to demand; requireAn emergency that calls for extreme measures.
- to come and get; stop for
- to predictThe forecast calls for snow flurries tonight.
- to bring into action or existence
- to summon for help or consultation
- to take out of circulation, as coin or bonds
- to demand payment of
- to raise a question or doubt about
- 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 challenge to a duel or to a contest, debate, etc.
- to suspend play temporarily
- to make someone remember; recallThe 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
- close enough to hear if called
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of call
- Middle English callen probably from Old Norse kalla gal- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.