Definition of callback in English:

callback

noun

  • 1An invitation to return for a second audition or interview:

    ‘he was one of only twelve applicants to receive a callback’
    • ‘Auditions were usually held on a Monday with the cast list not posted until Thursday or Friday to allow time for dance auditions, callbacks, and Mr. Alden's inevitable disorganization.’
    • ‘I mean, I go on tons of calls and get a lot of callbacks, but so far I've booked only the one movie.’
    • ‘Their chances of receiving a callback rose 30 percent.’
    • ‘He was asked to explain himself, and did not receive a callback.’
    • ‘First an audition she thought she had blown turns into a callback and a role, then a rival actress is hospitalized opening the door for Sally to take over her role in a popular soap opera.’
    • ‘There were lots of murmurings about the various auditions that have been taking place and how no-one has heard anything about callbacks.’
    • ‘You smile as you remember the initial interview, thinking about how you just knew you had nailed that one and were confident you would get a callback for an on-site interview.’
    • ‘I had a day of rehearsal, and I got another callback, and they flew me to L.A.’
    • ‘If one does that, it is unlikely one will receive a callback.’
    • ‘The list for callbacks is up and we're both on it!’
    • ‘I got a callback for The Secret Garden and so I went to that today.’
    • ‘I've secured a number of interviews, but very few callbacks.’
    • ‘Many talented dancers fail to get callbacks because of an artistic director's whim or lack of openings in a dance school or company.’
    • ‘There's talk of agents, managers, callbacks and walk-ons.’
    • ‘Right before I left for St. Louis I got the audition for the show and then a callback.’
    • ‘If you love what you do, it will sustain you when you get a disappointing grade on your math test, get cut from the hockey team or don't get the audition callback.’
    • ‘So far I have not had any callbacks, but I have not been aggressive in contacting them because I have been pretty sick lately.’
    • ‘He does such a lousy job you don't get the callback until it's over.’
    • ‘They'd both had a callback for their first audition, a show that would air in March.’
    • ‘For example, a friend who is an actor has recently arrived in the city and is auditioning and getting callbacks like crazy.’
    summon back, order back, call back, bring back
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  • 2A telephone call made to return one that someone has received.

    • ‘Furthermore, dynamic queue statistics such as position in queue and expected wait time can be provided to tell customers when they can expect to receive the callback.’
    • ‘Delay options of 5, 10 or 30 minutes allow time for preparation to receive the callback.’
    • ‘And if it's yours, you'll get a callback from the band on your Skype phone.’
    • ‘She pressed one, when it presented the option of instant callback, and then waited.’
    • ‘After three attempts at promised callbacks from the bank, isn't it amazing the effect that going in to the branch and seeing the people has?’
    • ‘Be certain the Web selling system provides this escalation or safety valve feature so customers can easily request a chat, email or callback from someone.’
    • ‘I put calls out concerning an acquaintance of mine who lives in Rockaway, so I'm sort of on tenterhooks waiting for a callback.’
    • ‘To request an immediate callback, Web users just click a button on-screen.’
    • ‘In this way, customers can request a voice Web callback from the agent if necessary.’
    • ‘After placing several calls to one of his handlers, I was more then a little surprised to receive a callback from someone who identified themselves as Tom.’
    • ‘At 1: 30, I was told I would receive a callback from a supervisor within the hour.’
    • ‘When a Web callback is requested, the contact center can then assign the best possible agent to place the phone call while providing the information necessary to help the agent assist the customer.’
    • ‘Until the final callback by Elizabeth to confirm that all was handled well, I was amazed and realized that I could not have spent my money any more wisely.’
  • 3[mass noun] A security feature used by some computer systems accessed by telephone, in which a user must log on from a previously registered phone number, to which the system then places a return call.

Pronunciation

callback

/ˈkɔːlbak/