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Definitions of call

  1. greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; " He always addresses me with ` Sir'"; " Call me Mister"; " She calls him by first name"
  2. make a prediction about; tell in advance; " Call the outcome of an election"
  3. the characteristic sound produced by a bird; " a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
  4. the option to buy a given stock ( or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
  5. ( sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; " he was ejected for protesting the call"
  6. brief visit in an official or professional capacity; " the pastor's visits to his parishioners"; " a visit to a dentist"; " the salesman's call on a customer"
  7. a brief social visit; " senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"
  8. a special disposition ( as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; " he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
  9. 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"
  10. an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; " Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
  11. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; " the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
  12. a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
  13. pay a brief visit; " The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
  14. give the calls ( to the dancers) for a square dance
  15. 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"
  16. 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"
  17. assign a specified, proper name to; " They named their son David"; " The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
  18. order, request, or command to come; " She was called into the director's office"; " Call the police!"
  19. a request; " many calls for Christmas stories"; " not many calls for buggywhips"
  20. a demand especially in the phrase " the call of duty"
  21. a demand for a show of hands in a card game; " after two raises there was a call"
  22. rouse somebody from sleep with a call; " I was called at 5 A. M. this morning"
  23. consider or regard as being; " I would not call her beautiful"
  24. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; " call the speaker on a question of fact"
  25. utter in a loud voice or announce; " He called my name"; " The auctioneer called the bids"
  26. 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"
  27. order or request or give a command for; " The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
  28. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; " Call ducks"
  29. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; " call a runner out"
  30. challenge ( somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; " He deserves to be called on that"
  31. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; " Call a bond"
  32. 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"
  33. utter a characteristic note or cry; " bluejays called to one another"
  34. 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"
  35. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; " Call roll"
  36. indicate a decision in regard to; " call balls and strikes behind the plate"
  37. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; " He called his trump"
  38. demand payment of ( a loan); " Call a loan"
  39. 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"
  40. make a stop in a harbour; " The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
  41. stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; " call a football game"
  42. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
  43. To summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially of a religious character; -- often used of a divine summons; as, to be called to the ministry; sometimes, to invite; as, to call a minister to be the pastor of a church.
  44. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
  45. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
  46. To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact; as, they call the distance ten miles; he called it a full day's work.
  47. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
  48. To invoke; to appeal to.
  49. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
  50. To make a demand, requirement, or request.
  51. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
  52. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
  53. An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  54. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
  55. A divine vocation or summons.
  56. Vocation; employment.
  57. A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
  58. A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
  59. The cry of a bird; also a noise or cry in imitation of a bird; or a pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry.
  60. A reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc., on the land.
  61. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
  62. See Assessment, 4.
  63. To invite or command to meet; to convoke; - often with together; as, the President called Congress together; to appoint and summon; as, to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
  64. To utter in a loud or distinct voice; - often with off; as, to call, or call off, the items of an account; to call the roll of a military company.
  65. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; - sometimes with to.
  66. The act of calling; - usually with the voice, but often otherwise, as by signs, the sound of some instrument, or by writing; a summons; an entreaty; an invitation; as, a call for help; the bugle's call.
  67. To summon from, or invite to, any place; officially choose for an office; as, to call minister; name; exhort; utter in a loud voice; rouse from sleep.
  68. To speak in a loud voice; make a brief visit.
  69. A summons or invitation; a request or command; a short visit; the cry uttered by certain animals.
  70. Caller.
  71. To cry aloud: to make a short visit.
  72. To name: to summon: to appoint or proclaim.
  73. A summons or invitation: an impulse: a demand: a short visit: a shrill whistle: the cry of a bird.
  74. A summons; cry; short visit.
  75. To name; summon.
  76. A shout or cry; summons; invitation; divine vocation; claim; right; obligation.
  77. A brief visit.
  78. A vocal address, summons, or citation; demand; invitation; a short visit; the cry of a bird to its young or its mate; a note on the horn by a huntsman to cheer on the hounds; the whistle of the boatswain. To call back, to revoke or retract; to recall. To call for, to demand; to visit so as to bring some one or something away. To call in, to collect; to withdraw from circulation; to summon together; to invite together. To call forth, to bring or summon to action. To call off to summon away; to divert. To call over, to read aloud a list, name by name. To call out, to challenge to fight; to summon into service; to utter in a loud voice; to bawl. To call to mind, to recollect. To call tip, to bring into view or recollection; to bring into action or discussion; to require payment. A called session, an extraordinary session. To call on, to make a short visit to; to invoke; to demand the performance of a duty, or the payment of a debt. To call upon, to implore. A call of the house, in parliamentary language, an authoritative summons to members to be present at a stated time either to discuss some important matter or with a view to ascertain who are and who are not at their posts. Call to the bar, admission as a barrister.
  79. To name; to summon; to convoke; to proclaim; to appoint; to invoke.
  80. To address by name; to cry aloud; to make a short visit.
  81. To name; to invite to come; to summon; to warn; to exhort; to visit.
  82. A summons or invitation; a command; a short visit.
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Usage examples for call

  1. That was with the first call. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  2. I shall make my call. – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  3. Then call away the boat! – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  4. What shall we call it, Ted? – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  5. As to what you might choose to call yourself, that would be nothing to me and not very much I should say, to her. – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope
  6. Will you call him out? – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  7. Let go or I will call for help." – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  8. If she is not in, we will make another call on the next evening. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  9. Did you call us? – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  10. Not if you call me that! – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  11. Well, I don't know as we should exactly call it 'complain. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  12. Call you her 'coy'? – The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  13. Please call and talk it over. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  14. Call her Haschanascha: that is her name. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  15. D'you remember how I used to call you that? – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  16. " I was passing- going on to Forsyth's place- and my father asked me to call," she said. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  17. Perhaps you did not call them by that name. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  18. I wonder why he does not call? – The Isle of Unrest by Henry Seton Merriman
  19. Now what will you call me? – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  20. Well, I don't know what call she has to miss her! – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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