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Meaning & Definition of Call in English

English

Call

/kɔl/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • call
  • ,
  • phone call
  • ,
  • telephone call

2. A special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course

  • "He was disappointed that he had not heard the call"
    synonym:
  • Call

3. A loud utterance

  • Often in protest or opposition
  • "The speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
    synonym:
  • cry
  • ,
  • outcry
  • ,
  • call
  • ,
  • yell
  • ,
  • shout
  • ,
  • vociferation

4. A demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

    synonym:
  • call
  • ,
  • claim

5. The characteristic sound produced by a bird

  • "A bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
    synonym:
  • birdcall
  • ,
  • call
  • ,
  • birdsong
  • ,
  • song

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • call

7. A demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement

    synonym:
  • margin call
  • ,
  • call

8. A demand for a show of hands in a card game

  • "After two raises there was a call"
    synonym:
  • call

9. A request

  • "Many calls for christmas stories"
  • "Not many calls for buggywhips"
    synonym:
  • call

10. An instruction that interrupts the program being executed

  • "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
    synonym:
  • call

11. A visit in an official or professional capacity

  • "The pastor's calls on his parishioners"
  • "The salesman's call on a customer"
    synonym:
  • call

12. (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee

  • "He was ejected for protesting the call"
    synonym:
  • call

13. The option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date

    synonym:
  • call option
  • ,
  • call

verb

1. Assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

  • "They named their son david"
  • "The new school was named after the famous civil rights leader"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • call

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • call

3. Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

  • "I tried to call you all night"
  • "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
    synonym:
  • call
  • ,
  • telephone
  • ,
  • call up
  • ,
  • phone
  • ,
  • ring

4. Utter a sudden loud cry

  • "She cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"
  • "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
    synonym:
  • shout
  • ,
  • shout out
  • ,
  • cry
  • ,
  • call
  • ,
  • yell
  • ,
  • scream
  • ,
  • holler
  • ,
  • hollo
  • ,
  • squall

5. Order, request, or command to come

  • "She was called into the director's office"
  • "Call the police!"
    synonym:
  • call
  • ,
  • send for

6. Pay a brief visit

  • "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
    synonym:
  • visit
  • ,
  • call in
  • ,
  • call

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • call

8. Read aloud to check for omissions or absentees

  • "Call roll"
    synonym:
  • call

9. 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"
    synonym:
  • call

10. Utter a characteristic note or cry

  • "Bluejays called to one another"
    synonym:
  • call

11. Stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

  • "Call a football game"
    synonym:
  • call

12. Greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name

  • "He always addresses me with `sir'"
  • "Call me mister"
  • "She calls him by first name"
    synonym:
  • address
  • ,
  • call

13. Make a stop in a harbour

  • "The ship will call in honolulu tomorrow"
    synonym:
  • call

14. Demand payment of (a loan)

  • "Call a loan"
    synonym:
  • call
  • ,
  • call in

15. Make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

  • "He called his trump"
    synonym:
  • bid
  • ,
  • call

16. Give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance

    synonym:
  • call
  • ,
  • call off

17. Indicate a decision in regard to

  • "Call balls and strikes behind the plate"
    synonym:
  • call

18. Make a prediction about

  • Tell in advance
  • "Call the outcome of an election"
    synonym:
  • predict
  • ,
  • foretell
  • ,
  • prognosticate
  • ,
  • call
  • ,
  • forebode
  • ,
  • anticipate
  • ,
  • promise

19. Require the presentation of for redemption before maturation

  • "Call a bond"
    synonym:
  • call

20. Challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement

  • Charge with or censure for an offense
  • "He deserves to be called on that"
    synonym:
  • call

21. Declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

  • "Call a runner out"
    synonym:
  • call

22. Lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal

  • "Call ducks"
    synonym:
  • call

23. Order or request or give a command for

  • "The unions called a general strike for sunday"
    synonym:
  • call

24. 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"
    synonym:
  • call

25. Utter in a loud voice or announce

  • "He called my name"
  • "The auctioneer called the bids"
    synonym:
  • call

26. Challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of

  • "Call the speaker on a question of fact"
    synonym:
  • call

27. Consider or regard as being

  • "I would not call her beautiful"
    synonym:
  • call

28. Rouse somebody from sleep with a call

  • "I was called at 5 a.m. this morning"
    synonym:
  • call

Examples of using

They had to call the police to restore order.
Tom went to go call the police.
I couldn't call you.