Call meaning

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To give the command for; order.

Call a work stoppage.

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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.

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To designate; label.

Nobody calls me a liar.

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To indicate or characterize accurately in advance; predict.

It is often difficult to call the outcome of an election.

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To pay a short visit.

We called to pay our respects. He called on the neighbors but they weren't home.

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(games) In poker, to place a bet equal to the preceding bet.
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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.
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To lure (prey) by imitating the characteristic cry of an animal.

Call ducks.

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To challenge the truthfulness or genuineness of.

Called the debater on a question of fact.

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To ask that a person do something, esp. speak, as at a meeting.
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To shout directions in rhythm for (a square dance).
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To communicate or try to communicate with someone by telephone.

I called twice, but no one answered.

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A loud cry; a shout.
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A telephone communication or connection.
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Need or occasion.

There was no call for an apology.

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Demand.

There isn't much call for buggy whips today.

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A claim on a person's time or life.

The call of duty.

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A short visit, especially one made as a formality or for business or professional purposes.
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A summons or invitation.
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A roll call.
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A notice of rehearsal times posted in a theater.
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A direction or series of directions rhythmically called out to square dancers.
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To say or read in a loud tone; shout; announce.

To call the names of stations.

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To command or ask to come; summon.

Call him to supper.

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To summon to a specific duty, profession, etc.

The army called him.

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To convoke judicially or officially.

To call a meeting.

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To consider or describe as specified.

I call it silly.

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To direct (attention) to.
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To awaken.

Call me at six.

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To communicate with by telephone.
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To give orders for.

To call a strike.

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To stop or halt.

Game called because of rain.

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To demand or order payment of (a loan or bond issue)
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To utter or chant directions for (a square dance)
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To imitate the sounds of in order to attract (a bird or animal)
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To speak in a loud tone; shout.
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To utter its characteristic cry, as a bird or animal.
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To visit for a short while.
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To telephone.
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(poker) To equal the preceding bet.
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An act or instance of calling.
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A loud utterance; shout.
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A signal on a bugle, drum, etc.
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An act or instance of telephoning.
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An economic demand, as for a product.
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A request.

A call for aid.

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An inner urging toward a certain action or profession, esp. a religious vocation regarded as divinely inspired.
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An invitation to accept a position as a minister, teacher, etc.
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Power to attract or allure.

The call of the wild.

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Need; obligation; occasion.

No call for tears.

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An order or demand for payment.
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A brief visit, esp. a formal or professional visit.
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A direction given by a caller of square dances.
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(bridge) A pass, bid, double, or redouble.
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(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.
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The right, but not the obligation, to sell a security at a predetermined price.
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In property law, an identifiable natural landmark that serves to delineate the boundary of land. See also metes and bounds.
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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.
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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.
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In switching systems, a demand to set up a connection between two or more stations.
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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.
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The attempt to reach someone by telephone, whether successful or not, in other words, a call attempt.
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In computing, the act of causing a program, routine, or subroutine to execute.
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A telephone conversation.

I received several phone calls today.

I received several calls today.

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A social visit.

I paid a call to a dear friend of mine.

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A cry or shout.

He heard a call from the other side of the room.

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That was a good call.

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The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.

That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.

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I had to yield to the call of the wild.

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(finance) An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time.
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(cricket) The act of calling to the other batsman.
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(cricket) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
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A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call).
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(computing) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point.
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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.

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(poker) The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.
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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.
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(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.
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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.
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(sports) Direct or indirect use of the voice.
  • (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.
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(intransitive, with for) To require, demand.

This job calls for patience.

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(finance) To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium.
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(banking) To demand repayment of a loan.
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(computing) To jump to (another part of a program) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion.

A recursive function is one that calls itself.

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To say in a loud voice; announce.

Called my name from across the street; calling out numbers.

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To demand or ask for the presence of.

Called the children to dinner; call the police.

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To demand or ask for a meeting of; convene or convoke.

Call the legislature into session.

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To order or request to undertake a particular activity or work; summon.

She was called for jury duty. He was called to the priesthood.

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To cause to come to the mind or to attention.

A story that calls to mind an incident in my youth.

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To name.

What will you call the baby?

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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.

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call in
  • To raise doubts about.
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(informal) call it a day
  • To stop what one has been doing, for the remainder of the day or at least for the present.
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(informal) call it a night
  • To stop what one has been doing, for the remainder of the night.
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(informal) call it quits
  • To stop working or trying; quit.
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call names
  • To speak to or about another in offensive terms.
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call of nature
  • A need to urinate or defecate. Often used with answer:
    He left the room to answer the call of nature.
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call (someone's) bluff
  • To demand proof for or respond in a challenging way to the claims or threats of another that one presumes to be false.
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(informal) call the shots
  • To exercise authority; be in charge.
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on call
  • Available when summoned for service or use:
    Physicians who were on call for 48 hours.
  • Subject to payment on demand.
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within call
  • Close enough to come if summoned:
    The nurse is within call if you need him.
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call back
  • 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
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call down
  • to invoke
  • to scold sharply; rebuke
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called to the bar
  • admitted to the practice of law as a barrister
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call for
  • 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.
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call forth
  • to bring into action or existence
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call in
  • to summon for help or consultation
  • to take out of circulation, as coin or bonds
  • to demand payment of
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call into question
  • to raise a question or doubt about
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call off
  • to order away; divert
  • to read aloud in order from a list
  • to cancel (a scheduled event)
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call out
  • to speak aloud; shout
  • to summon into action
  • to summon (workers) to strike
  • to challenge to a duel or to a contest, debate, etc.
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call time
  • to suspend play temporarily
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call up
  • 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
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on call
  • available when called for or summoned
  • payable on demand
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within call
  • close enough to hear if called
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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.

    From Wiktionary