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Meaning of call by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Woman making a telephone call.
    Pandion haliaetus.ogg
    Call of the osprey ( bird ).


    From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian ( “to call, shout” ) and Old Norse kalla ( “to call, shout” ); both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōnan ( “to call, shout” ), from Proto-Indo-European *gal( o )s-, *glōs-, *golH-so- ( “voice, cry” ). Cognate with Dutch kallen ( “to chat, talk” ), Middle High German kallen ( “to chatter, speak loudly” ), Swedish kalla ( “to call, refer to, beckon” ), Norwegian kalle ( “to call, name” ), Icelandic kalla ( “to call, shout, name” ), Latin glōria ( “fame, honour, glory” ), Welsh galw ( “to call, demand” ), Polish głos ( “voice” ), Lithuanian gal̃sas ( “echo” ). More at glory .


    • enPR: kôl, IPA: /kɔːl/, X-SAMPA: /kO:l/
    • ( UK ) IPA: kɔːɫ
    • ( US ) IPA: /kɔɫ/, /kɑɫ/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːl


    call ( plural: calls )

    1. A telephone conversation .
      I received several phone calls today .
      I received several calls today .
    2. A social visit .
      I paid a call to a dear friend of mine .
    3. A cry or shout .
      He heard a call from the other side of the room .
    4. A decision or judgement .
      That was a good call .
    5. The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal .
      That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird .
    6. A beckoning or summoning .
      I had to yield to the call of the wild .
    7. ( finance ) An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time .
    8. ( cricket ) The act of calling to the other batsman .
    9. ( cricket ) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call ( depends on where the ball goes. )
    10. A work shift which requires one to be available when requested ( see on call ).
    11. ( computing ) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point .
    12. A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on .
      There was a 20 dollar bet on the table, and my call was 9 .
    13. ( poker ) The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting .



    call ( third-person singular simple present calls present participle calling, simple past and past participle called )

    1. To request, summon, or beckon .
      That person is hurt, call for help!
    2. To cry or shout .
      I can't see you. Call out to me so I can find you .
    3. To contact by telephone .
      Why don't you call me in the morning .
    4. To pay a social visit .
      We could always call on a friend .
    5. To name or refer to .
      Why don't we dispense with the formalities. Please call me Al .
    6. ( reflexively: to be called ) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name .
      I'm called John .
      A very tall building is called a skyscraper .
    7. ( cricket ) ( of a batsman ): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they should take a run .
    8. ( baseball, cricket ) ( of a fielder ): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch ( thus avoiding collisions. )
    9. ( poker ) To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet .
    10. ( with an object preceded by the preposition for ) To require, demand .
      This job calls for patience .
    11. To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on .
      My partner called 2 spades .
    12. ( finance ) To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium .
    13. ( banking ) To demand repayment of a loan .
    14. ( transitive ) To predict .
      He called twelve of the last three recessions .
    15. ( transitive ) To declare in advance .
      The captains call the coin toss .
    16. ( transitive, computing ) To jump to ( another part of a program ) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion .


    • See also Wikisaurus:shout
    • See also Wikisaurus:telephone

    Derived terms


Explanation of call by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. rouse somebody from sleep with a call

    2. I was called at 5 A.M. this morning
    3. consider or regard as being

    4. I would not call her beautiful
    5. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of

    6. call the speaker on a question of fact
    7. utter in a loud voice or announce

    8. He called my name
      The auctioneer called the bids
    9. order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role

    10. He was already called 4 times for jury duty
      They called him to active military duty
    11. order or request or give a command for

    12. The unions called a general strike for Sunday
    13. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal

    14. Call ducks
    15. get or try to get into communication ( with someone ) by telephone

    16. I tried to call you all night
      Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
    17. order, request, or command to come

    18. She was called into the director's office
      Call the police!
    19. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

    20. call a runner out
    21. challenge ( somebody ) to make good on a statement

    22. He deserves to be called on that
    23. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation

    24. Call a bond
    25. utter a sudden loud cry

    26. make a prediction about

    27. Call the outcome of an election
    28. ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality

    29. He called me a bastard
      She called her children lazy and ungrateful
    30. utter a characteristic note or cry

    31. bluejays called to one another
    32. assign a specified ( usually proper ) proper name to

    33. send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc .

    34. Hawaii is calling!
      A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
    35. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees

    36. Call roll
    37. indicate a decision in regard to

    38. call balls and strikes behind the plate
    39. give the calls ( to the dancers ) for a square dance

    40. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

    41. He called his trump
    42. demand payment of ( a loan )

    43. Call a loan
    44. call a meeting

    45. The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'
      The new dean calls meetings every week
    46. pay a brief visit

    47. The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens
    48. make a stop in a harbour

    49. The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow
    50. greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name

    51. Call me Mister
      She calls him by first name

    Definition of call by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Call ( kal ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Called ( kald ); p. pr. & vb. n. Calling] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG. kallōn to call; cf. Gr. γηρύειν to speak, sing, Skr. gar to praise. Cf. Garrulous.]
      1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, “to call a servant”.

      Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain Shak.

      2. 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”.

      Paul . . . called to be an apostle Rom. i. 1.

      The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts xiii. 2.

      3. 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”.

      Now call we our high court of Parliament. Shak.

      4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.

      If you would but call me Rosalind. Shak.

      And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. Gen. i. 5.

      5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.

      What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Acts x. 15.

      6. 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”.

      [The] army is called seven hundred thousand men. Brougham.

      7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of. [Obs.]

      This speech calls him Spaniard. Beau. & Fl.

      8. 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”.

      No parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear. Gay.

      9. To invoke; to appeal to.

      I call God for a witness. 2 Cor. i. 23 [Rev. Ver. ]

      10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.

      If thou canst awake by four o' the clock.

      I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly. Shak.

      To call a bond, to give notice that the amount of the bond will be paid. -- To call a party ( Law ), to cry aloud his name in open court, and command him to come in and perform some duty requiring his presence at the time on pain of what may befall him. -- To call back, to revoke or retract; to recall; to summon back. -- To call down, to pray for, as blessing or curses. -- To call forth, to bring or summon to action; as, to call forth all the faculties of the mind. -- To call in, To collect; as, to call in debts or money; ar to withdraw from cirulation; as, to call in uncurrent coin. To summon to one's side; to invite to come together; as, to call in neighbors. -- To call ( any one ) names, to apply contemptuous names ( to any one ). -- To call off, to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment. -- To call out. To summon to fight; to challenge. To summon into service; as, to call out the militia. -- To call over, to recite separate particulars
      in order, as a roll of names. -- To call to account, to demand explanation of. -- To call to mind, to recollect; to revive in memory. -- To call to order, to request to come to order; as: A public meeting, when opening it for business. A person, when he is transgressing the rules of debate. -- To call to the bar, to admit to practice in courts of law. -- To call up. To bring into view or recollection; as to call up the image of deceased friend. To bring into action or discussion; to demand the consideration of; as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.

      Syn. -- To name; denominate; invite; bid; summon; convoke; assemble; collect; exhort; warn; proclaim; invoke; appeal to; designate. -- To Call, Convoke, Summon. Call is the generic term; as, to call a public meeting. To convoke is to require the assembling of some organized body of men by an act of authority; as, the king convoked Parliament. To summon is to require attendance by an act more or less stringent anthority; as, to summon a witness.

    2. Call, v. i.
      1. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to.

      You must call to the nurse. Shak.

      The angel of God called to Hagar. Gen. xxi. 17.

      2. To make a demand, requirement, or request.

      They called for rooms, and he showed them one. Bunyan.

      3. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.

      He ordered her to call at the house once a week. Temple.

      To call for To demand; to require; as, “a crime calls for punishment; a survey, grant, or deed calls for the metes and bounds, or the quantity of land, etc., which it describes”. To give an order for; to request. “Whenever the coach stopped, the sailor called for more ale.” Marryat. -- To call on, To call upon, To make a short visit to; as, “call on a friend”. To appeal to; to invite; to request earnestly; as, “to call upon a person to make a speech”. To solicit payment, or make a demand, of a debt. To invoke or play to; to worship; as, “to call upon God”. -- To call out To call or utter loudly; to brawl.

    3. Call n.
      1. 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”. “Call of the trumpet.” Shak.

      I rose as at thy call, but found thee not. Milton.

      2. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.

      3. ( Eccl. ) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.

      4. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.

      Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity. Addison.

      Running into danger without any call of duty. Macaulay.

      5. A divine vocation or summons.

      St. Paul himself believed he did well, and that he had a call to it, when he persecuted the Christians. Locke.

      6. Vocation; employment. [In this sense, calling is generally used.]

      7. A short visit; as, “to make a call on a neighbor”; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.

      The baker's punctual call. Cowper.

      8. ( Hunting ) A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.

      9. ( Naut. ) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.

      10. ( Fowling ) 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.

      11. ( Amer. Land Law ) 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.

      12. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on. [Brokers' Cant]

      13. See Assessment, 4.

      At call, or On call, liable to be demanded at any moment without previous notice; as money on deposit. -- Call bird, a bird taught to allure others into a snare. -- Call boy A boy who calls the actors in a theater; a boy who transmits the orders of the captain of a vessel to the engineer, helmsman, etc. A waiting boy who answers a cal, or cames at the ringing of a bell; a bell boy. -- Call note, the note naturally used by the male bird to call the female. It is artificially applied by birdcatchers as a decoy. Latham. -- Call of the house ( Legislative Bodies ), a calling over the names of members, to discover who is absent, or for other purposes; a calling of names with a view to obtaining the ayes and noes from the persons named. -- Call to the bar, admission to practice in the courts.