What is the meaning of Call?


  • A telephone connection.
    • usage: "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"
  • A special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course.
    • usage: "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
  • A loud utterance; often in protest or opposition.
    • usage: "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
  • (n.) ()
  • The characteristic sound produced by a bird.
    • usage: "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
  • A brief social visit.
    • usage: "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"
  • A demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement.
  • A demand for a show of hands in a card game.
    • usage: "after two raises there was a call"
  • A request.
    • usage: "many calls for Christmas stories"; "not many calls for buggywhips"
  • An instruction that interrupts the program being executed.
    • usage: "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
  • A visit in an official or professional capacity.
    • usage: "the pastor's calls on his parishioners"; "the salesman's call on a customer"
  • Sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee. (
    • usage: "he was ejected for protesting the call"
  • The option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date.


  • Assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to.
    • usage: "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
  • Ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality.
    • usage: "He called me a bastard"; "She called her children lazy and ungrateful"
  • Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone.
    • usage: "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
  • Utter a sudden loud cry.
    • usage: "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
  • Order, request, or command to come.
    • usage: "She was called into the director's office"; "Call the police"
  • Pay a brief visit.
    • usage: "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
  • Call a meeting; invite or command to meet.
    • usage: "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"; "The new dean calls meetings every week"
  • Read aloud to check for omissions or absentees.
    • usage: "Call roll"
  • Send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message.
    • usage: "Hawaii is calling"; "A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"
  • Utter a characteristic note or cry.
    • usage: "bluejays called to one another"
  • Stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather.
    • usage: "call a football game"
  • Greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name.
    • usage: "He always addresses me with `Sir'"; "Call me Mister"; "She calls him by first name"
  • Make a stop in a harbour.
    • usage: "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
  • Demand payment of (a loan. )
    • usage: "Call a loan"
  • Make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands.
    • usage: "He called his trump"
  • Give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance.
  • Indicate a decision in regard to.
    • usage: "call balls and strikes behind the plate"
  • Make a prediction about; tell in advance.
    • usage: "Call the outcome of an election"
  • Require the presentation of for redemption before maturation.
    • usage: "Call a bond"
  • Challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense.
    • usage: "He deserves to be called on that"
  • Declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee.
    • usage: "call a runner out"
  • Lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal.
    • usage: "Call ducks"
  • Order or request or give a command for.
    • usage: "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
  • Order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role.
    • usage: "He was already called 4 times for jury duty"; "They called him to active military duty"
  • Utter in a loud voice or announce.
    • usage: "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"
  • Challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of.
    • usage: "call the speaker on a question of fact"
  • Consider or regard as being.
    • usage: "I would not call her beautiful"
  • Rouse somebody from sleep with a call.
    • usage: "I was called at 5 A. M. This morning"
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