Definitions of call

  1. To address by name; to cry aloud; to make a short visit.
  2. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
  3. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
  4. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
  5. 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.
  6. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
  7. To invoke; to appeal to.
  8. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To name: to summon: to appoint or proclaim.
  13. To name; summon.
  14. To make a demand, requirement, or request.
  15. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
  16. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; - sometimes with to.
  17. To speak in a loud voice; make a brief visit.
  18. To cry aloud: to make a short visit.
  19. make a prediction about; tell in advance; " Call the outcome of an election"
  20. give the calls ( to the dancers) for a square dance
  21. 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"
  22. assign a specified, proper name to; " They named their son David"; " The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
  23. order, request, or command to come; " She was called into the director's office"; " Call the police!"
  24. To name; to summon; to convoke; to proclaim; to appoint; to invoke.
  25. To name; to invite to come; to summon; to warn; to exhort; to visit.
  26. the characteristic sound produced by a bird; " a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
  27. ( sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; " he was ejected for protesting the call"
  28. 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"
  29. a brief social visit; " senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"
  30. a special disposition ( as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; " he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
  31. 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"
  32. an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; " Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
  33. a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
  34. a request; " many calls for Christmas stories"; " not many calls for buggywhips"
  35. a demand especially in the phrase " the call of duty"
  36. a demand for a show of hands in a card game; " after two raises there was a call"
  37. consider or regard as being; " I would not call her beautiful"
  38. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; " call the speaker on a question of fact"
  39. utter in a loud voice or announce; " He called my name"; " The auctioneer called the bids"
  40. 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"
  41. order or request or give a command for; " The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
  42. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; " Call ducks"
  43. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; " call a runner out"
  44. challenge ( somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; " He deserves to be called on that"
  45. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; " Call a bond"
  46. 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"
  47. utter a characteristic note or cry; " bluejays called to one another"
  48. 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"
  49. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; " Call roll"
  50. indicate a decision in regard to; " call balls and strikes behind the plate"
  51. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; " He called his trump"
  52. demand payment of ( a loan); " Call a loan"
  53. 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"
  54. make a stop in a harbour; " The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
  55. stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; " call a football game"
  56. 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.
  57. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
  58. An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  59. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
  60. A divine vocation or summons.
  61. Vocation; employment.
  62. A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
  63. A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
  67. See Assessment, 4.
  68. 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.
  69. A summons or invitation; a request or command; a short visit; the cry uttered by certain animals.
  70. A summons or invitation: an impulse: a demand: a short visit: a shrill whistle: the cry of a bird.
  71. A summons; cry; short visit.
  72. A shout or cry; summons; invitation; divine vocation; claim; right; obligation.
  73. A brief visit.
  74. 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.
  75. A summons or invitation; a command; a short visit.