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. consider or regard as being; " I would not call her beautiful"
  23. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; " call the speaker on a question of fact"
  24. utter in a loud voice or announce; " He called my name"; " The auctioneer called the bids"
  25. 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"
  26. order or request or give a command for; " The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
  27. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; " Call ducks"
  28. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; " call a runner out"
  29. challenge ( somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; " He deserves to be called on that"
  30. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; " Call a bond"
  31. 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"
  32. utter a characteristic note or cry; " bluejays called to one another"
  33. 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"
  34. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; " Call roll"
  35. indicate a decision in regard to; " call balls and strikes behind the plate"
  36. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; " He called his trump"
  37. demand payment of ( a loan); " Call a loan"
  38. 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"
  39. make a stop in a harbour; " The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
  40. stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; " call a football game"
  41. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
  42. 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.
  43. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
  44. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
  45. 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.
  46. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
  47. To invoke; to appeal to.
  48. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
  49. To make a demand, requirement, or request.
  50. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
  51. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
  52. An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  53. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
  54. A divine vocation or summons.
  55. Vocation; employment.
  56. A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
  57. A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
  61. See Assessment, 4.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; - sometimes with to.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. To speak in a loud voice; make a brief visit.
  68. A summons or invitation; a request or command; a short visit; the cry uttered by certain animals.
  69. To cry aloud: to make a short visit.
  70. To name: to summon: to appoint or proclaim.
  71. A summons or invitation: an impulse: a demand: a short visit: a shrill whistle: the cry of a bird.
  72. A summons; cry; short visit.
  73. To name; summon.
  74. A shout or cry; summons; invitation; divine vocation; claim; right; obligation.
  75. A brief visit.
  76. 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.
  77. To name; to summon; to convoke; to proclaim; to appoint; to invoke.
  78. To address by name; to cry aloud; to make a short visit.
  79. To name; to invite to come; to summon; to warn; to exhort; to visit.
  80. A summons or invitation; a command; a short visit.

Usage examples for call

  1. Call you her 'coy'? – The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. 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
  3. Well, I don't know as we should exactly call it 'complain. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  4. Not if you call me that! – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  5. Well, I don't know what call she has to miss her! – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. Perhaps you did not call them by that name. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  7. D'you remember how I used to call you that? – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  8. Now what will you call me? – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  9. Will you call him out? – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  10. Please call and talk it over. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
  11. " I was passing- going on to Forsyth's place- and my father asked me to call," she said. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  12. Let go or I will call for help." – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  13. Call her Haschanascha: that is her name. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  14. Did you call us? – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  15. If she is not in, we will make another call on the next evening. – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  16. That was with the first call. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  17. I shall make my call. – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  18. Then call away the boat! – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  19. I wonder why he does not call? – The Isle of Unrest by Henry Seton Merriman