Call - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word call
Brit.  |kɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word call


- a telephone connection
she reported several anonymous calls
he placed a phone call to London
he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
- a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
- a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition (syn: cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell)
- a demand especially in the phrase (syn: claim)
the call of duty
- the characteristic sound produced by a bird (syn: birdcall, song)
- a brief social visit
senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers
the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence
- a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
- a demand for a show of hands in a card game
after two raises there was a call
- a request
many calls for Christmas stories
not many calls for buggywhips
- an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed
- a visit in an official or professional capacity
the pastor's calls on his parishioners
the salesman's call on a customer
- (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
he was ejected for protesting the call
- the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date


- assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to (syn: name)
- ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
He called me a bastard
She called her children lazy and ungrateful
- get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone (syn: call up, phone, ring, telephone)
I tried to call you all night
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
- utter a sudden loud cry (syn: cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, squall, yell)
- order, request, or command to come
She was called into the director's office
- pay a brief visit (syn: call in, visit)
The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens
- call a meeting; invite or command to meet
The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the 'Final Solution'
The new dean calls meetings every week
- read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
- send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
Hawaii is calling!
A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
- utter a characteristic note or cry
bluejays called to one another
- stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
call a football game
- greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name (syn: address)
She calls him by first name
- make a stop in a harbour
The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow
- demand payment of (a loan) (syn: call in)
- make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands (syn: bid)
He called his trump
- give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance (syn: call off)
- indicate a decision in regard to
call balls and strikes behind the plate
- make a prediction about; tell in advance (syn: anticipate, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise)
- require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
- challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
He deserves to be called on that
- declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
call a runner out
- lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
- order or request or give a command for
The unions called a general strike for Sunday
- order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
He was already called 4 times for jury duty
They called him to active military duty
- utter in a loud voice or announce
He called my name
The auctioneer called the bids
- challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
call the speaker on a question of fact
- consider or regard as being
I would not call her beautiful
- rouse somebody from sleep with a call
I was called at 5 A.M. this morning

Extra examples

He called to passersby for help.

She called up to her husband, who was at the top of the stairs.

Her husband called back down to her.

She saw her friends across the street and called over to them.

He called her name in his sleep.

The birds were calling as the sun rose.

I call once a week to talk to my parents.

Where are you calling from?

May I say who's calling?

I try to call my parents at least once a week.

A local call costs less than a long-distance or an international call.

If there are any calls for me during the meeting, say that I'll call back later.

I got a call from my brother last night.

He gave a call to passersby for help.

We heard a bird that had a very loud and unusual call.

Phrasal verbs

call back  — cause to be returned
call down  — summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
call forth  — evoke or provoke to appear or occur
call in  — summon to enter
call off  — postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

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Word forms

I/you/we/they: call
he/she/it: calls
present participle: calling
past tense: called
past participle: called
singular: call
plural: calls
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