Definition of call in English:

call

verb

  • 1with object and complement Give (an infant or animal) a specified name.

    ‘they called their daughter Hannah’
    • ‘After being stunned by the spring flowers she saw in the park while she was pregnant, she decided to call her daughter Bluebell.’
    • ‘Daisy, as we called the goat, would hate to be separated from her lambs and it was woe betide any dog that came near them.’
    • ‘They called the baby Joseph Patrick and he was christened in the Holy Family Church.’
    • ‘Morel gives birth to their third child, whom she calls Paul.’
    • ‘When my husband and I were first married we had a cat we called Wanda.’
    • ‘The angel who appeared to both Mary and Joseph told them to call their son Jesus.’
    • ‘The winning name was provided by John from New Norfolk who suggested calling the bird ‘Reggie’.’
    1. 1.1be called Have a specified name.
      ‘she is called Eva’
      ‘a 1942 mystery called Time To Kill’
      • ‘This method is called the shareholder value approach.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most well known type of Venezuelan music is a rhythm called the joropo.’
      • ‘This game is called "Mighty No.9".’
      • ‘The criteria that SRI funds use to make socially responsible investments are called screens.’
      • ‘I did write an article for the Pleasantville High School newspaper, which I think was called The Panther.’
      • ‘Nowadays, little would be thought of such a situation, but in the 1940's, "living in sin" as it was called, was looked on askance.’
      • ‘The two gentlemen of Verona are best friends called Valentine and Proteus.’
      • ‘There is an extremely popular family restaurant in Bandra called Papa Pancho.’
      • ‘In the mid-1700s, when it was first recognized in sheep, the disease was called scrapie, because suffering animals tended to rub their skins raw.’
      • ‘The French system combining sports and studies is called "sport etude."’
      • ‘His last book was called, "The Death of Outrage."’
      • ‘It was not until 1978 that individuals in the United States started showing signs of what would later be called AIDS.’
      • ‘Grant aided, or publicly funded, housing used to be called council housing.’
      • ‘The most common allergen in soy is called trypsin inhibitor.’
      • ‘Performance poetry of this kind is called dub poetry.’
      • ‘"No," said Sally, "she's called Vicky."’
      • ‘One of my favourite games is called Hangman.’
      • ‘What worked best for us was a book called Choosing Colours by Kevin McCloud, of Grand Designs fame.’
      • ‘The other piece of equipment is a device called a hydrometer, which measures alcoholic strength.’
    2. 1.2 Address or refer to (someone) by a specified name, title, endearment, or term of abuse.
      ‘please call me Lucy’
      ‘if he remains quiet she calls him a wimp’
      • ‘The name he calls me is actually not that different from my own.’
      • ‘I never wanted to have that prefix attached to my name and have everyone calling me Sir Edward, so I went to university and became a professor.’
      • ‘The reporter called her a "good-looking, smart, gin-drinking suburbanite."’
      • ‘The chancellor of the exchequer calls the prime minister a liar.’
      • ‘She and Dennis had talked around the checkout counter and she'd gotten Dennis's last name wrong, calling him Lewis, and it stuck for some reason.’
      • ‘Though Rebekah is my name, everybody calls me Bekah.’
      • ‘One hasn't bothered to learn my name and just calls me ‘Rooney’.’
      • ‘I have no idea what his Christian name was and he called me Master Charles.’
      • ‘He developed an adorable habit of calling me by my name in every sentence, which was somehow madly endearing.’
      • ‘I heard one girl called her a 'tomboy'.’
      • ‘It immediately caught my attention that she had called my mother by her maiden name.’
      • ‘Let's analyze the stupidity of your comment to Jack below, where you called him a loser.’
      • ‘One of my co-workers still calls me the wrong name almost every time he sees me.’
      • ‘She continues, calling me by my first name again… ‘I have a favour to ask you, but am not sure how you will react.’’
      • ‘She calls him brother and chastises him for speaking so sternly to her.’
      • ‘Well, my name is Katrina Chestler, but everyone calls me Katie.’
      • ‘It is a good idea to call people by names they recognise and find acceptable.’
      • ‘What would Kris think if he'd heard her calling him that?’
      • ‘He almost never calls me by my name, and when he does it's Nicolas.’
      name, title, entitle, dub, designate, term, address, label, tag
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    3. 1.3 Refer to, consider, or describe (someone or something) as being.
      ‘he's the only person I would call a friend’
      • ‘They have argued that the amendments should not be considered, calling them new complaints that violate the one-year ban.’
      • ‘Since then, he has entered what you might call a rough patch.’
      • ‘One diplomat calls it probably the poorest and most corrupt country in Europe.’
      • ‘To the north, in Baltimore, officials are calling this the worst flood in recent memory.’
      • ‘But a senior U.S. defense official calls the peace plan a face-saving gesture for everybody.’
      • ‘Call me crazy, but this doesn't seem like a tough question.’
      • ‘It's all part of what the American ambassador here calls the pope's moral megaphone.’
      • ‘My book has inspired some people to call me a socialist or communist or un-American.’
      • ‘‘Keep up the fight,’ fellow fans urged in their e-mails, calling the boy an inspiration.’
      • ‘U.S. officials are calling this a success.’
      • ‘I'm not very good at what you might call the real world, the business world.’
      • ‘The Ancient Greeks called that hubris and considered it a flaw of human character.’
      • ‘Museum officials are calling this the largest cultural project in the city's history.’
      • ‘Whether it is what you might call professional misconduct may be another matter.’
      • ‘That's one of the reasons why I get so angry when people call all this ‘right-wing’.’
      • ‘Call it crazy but I remember that first time you smiled at me.’
      • ‘It was the kind of love that people often call unconditional, and I know what they mean.’
      • ‘For five nights, we were on what you might call a floating hotel.’
      • ‘The organisation is said to be pinning its hopes on the House of Lords intervening and calling the strike ‘unlawful’.’
      • ‘Airline officials are calling the attack a suicide attempt.’
      describe as, regard as, look on as, consider to be, judge to be, think of as, class as, categorize as
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  • 2with object Cry out (a word or words)

    ‘he heard an insistent voice calling his name’
    ‘Meredith was already calling out a greeting’
    • ‘Jennifer blew kisses to visiting reporters and called out "hi, hi."’
    • ‘I made out the voice of the PA announcer calling out the name of a batter.’
    • ‘Standing up, I cupped my hands around my mouth, raising my voice before calling out his name.’
    • ‘Madison makes her way out the door, calling goodbye to Robert over her shoulder.’
    • ‘As we followed the hostess to our table, I heard a familiar voice from the kitchen calling out orders.’
    • ‘One day I found myself running home from the bus stop, calling out goodbyes to Tracy and Brian.’
    • ‘Instead of calling the words, I read them the letter.’
    • ‘Kyra smiled and noticed everyone, pointing and waving at her, while calling out words of good luck.’
    • ‘A voice broke through the silence, calling out her name.’
    • ‘Rina dropped to her knees and cradled her older sister in her arms, calling out her name in a pained voice.’
    • ‘She turned to face the ranks behind her and called words she had been waiting to speak for a very long time.’
    • ‘He then scrambled down to the rudder to steer from there, but not before calling out a kind word to the deck below.’
    • ‘Looking around into the darkness she could still hear the voice calling out her name.’
    • ‘People with clipboards buzzed among them, calling out names, ticking off lists, leading them inside one by one to consulting rooms.’
    • ‘You might think I have a lot of nerve calling out this word.’
    • ‘There was banging in the background and angry voices calling out her name.’
    • ‘He didn't hear the bright, girlish voice calling out his name again and again until his caller stood right before him.’
    • ‘He started screaming his head off, calling out horrible words.’
    cry out, cry, shout, yell, sing out, whoop, bellow, roar, halloo, bawl, scream, shriek, screech
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    1. 2.1 Cry out to (someone) in order to summon them or attract their attention.
      ‘she heard Terry calling her’
      no object ‘I distinctly heard you call’
      • ‘She looked round to catch the bartender's attention, but didn't call him over.’
      • ‘We waited in silence and fear for a huge customs agent to call us over.’
      • ‘As she started to leave the office, Max called after her.’
      • ‘Estelle drifted off into an uneasy slumber and was awakened sometime during the late night by a low voice calling out to her.’
      • ‘As Natalie and I went into the lobby, we heard someone calling us.’
      • ‘Another very old man was heard, calling the young boy back.’
      • ‘One afternoon in 1999, I was dozing when I heard my maternal grandmother calling me.’
      • ‘The cat heard me call and ran up to me.’
      • ‘Suddenly, a voice was calling out to him, coming from below.’
      • ‘Camped in the hills not far from her own house last summer, she even heard her uncle's voice calling out for her.’
      • ‘The old gal called me over to the director's chair they always had for her on the set.’
      • ‘As they were walking, Brooke heard someone calling her, and paused to see who it was.’
      • ‘I turned around and ran, but stopped on the stairs when he called after me.’
      • ‘Rose could hear Laurie calling her, but she didn't turn back.’
      • ‘After all, she had managed well enough the previous night, and calling a servant may draw attention to her presence.’
      cry out, cry, shout, yell, sing out, whoop, bellow, roar, halloo, bawl, scream, shriek, screech
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    2. 2.2no object (of an animal, especially a bird) make its characteristic cry.
      ‘overhead, a skylark called’
      • ‘He enjoyed the way the wind swept over his head and the birds called out in song.’
      • ‘Here, the air vibrates with the sound of booming waves and dancing, swooping birds calling to each other through the eddying gusts of Atlantic wind.’
      • ‘A cuckoo called from faraway, a greater spotted woodpecker hammered out an urgent tattoo.’
      • ‘As she lies in bed one night, she is overjoyed to hear the monkeys call from the young forest.’
      • ‘The wolves were calling again, at about 4:45 a.m.’
      • ‘The birds all took flight calling in panic and monkeys leapt and ran screaming in every direction.’
      • ‘When you hear a pack of wolves calling, you don't pay attention to anything else.’
      • ‘Birds called to each other from all around, and she felt her heart swell in return.’
      • ‘So next time the sun is shining and the birds are calling, go outside to broaden your exercise routine.’
      • ‘He heard his own breathing, and the birds calling from one of the distant jungles.’
      • ‘The birds kept calling as they shuffled about, and I tried my best to let the sound sink into my brain.’
      • ‘Parents and kids alike will enjoy the sounds of a crackling campfire at dusk and of birds calling as the sun rises.’
      • ‘An owl called from down near the river.’
      • ‘At one exciting moment, several kiwis were calling loudly only a few feet above us on a hillside, but they never came into view.’
      • ‘The large, long-billed birds returned, calling loudly.’
      • ‘The horses in the paddocks were whinnying and nickering, and our mares called out in response.’
      • ‘For one instant, he thought it was another monkey calling from one of the many trees nearby.’
      • ‘Crossing the gate, I could hear a sheep calling from behind some bushes.’
    3. 2.3 Shout out or chant (the steps and figures) to people performing a square dance or country dance.
      • ‘One lady in our group said that she would be traveling all the way to Fremont, Ohio in large part because Karen will be calling the dance there.’
      • ‘The caller walks everyone through the dance moves, and continues calling the steps until they are familiar enough so that the dancers do not need to have them repeated.’
      • ‘The Squire leads the side and calls the figures of the dances from within the set.’
      • ‘Listen to the music and of course, listen to the leader calling the steps.’
      • ‘Calling the figures as the dance progressed was not an American invention as is often claimed.’
    4. 2.4Bridge Make (a particular bid) during the auction.
      ‘her partner called 6♠’
      • ‘Then the next player calls, and so on until all cards have been called.’
      • ‘So the bidding is won by whoever is prepared to call the lowest card.’
      • ‘If a joker is turned up the dealer may pick it up and call anything trump.’
      • ‘Betting then commences in a poker style manner, until the bet has been called.’
      • ‘A bid can only be overcalled by calling a lower card of the same suit as the original bid.’
    5. 2.5North American informal Claim (a privilege) for oneself, typically by shouting out a particular word or set phrase.
      ‘I call first dibs on the bathroom’
      • ‘Let's go play kickball. I call first up!’
      • ‘“I call front seat,” one of the kids will shout out.’
      • ‘Let the creative juices flow when you pick out your props; I call dibs on the unicorn horn.’
      • ‘To be honest, I'm stunned that Ned didn't call dibs first.’
      • ‘When we were picked for the same team, I was quick to call shortstop.’
      • ‘"I call front seat by the window," he yelled to Simon as they raced toward the car.’
      • ‘Meet us at the jump ropes. Delores and I call first up!’
  • 3with object Contact or attempt to contact (a person or number) by phone.

    ‘could I call you back?’
    ‘at the first sign of heart-attack symptoms call 911 immediately’
    • ‘I'll call you back soon.’
    • ‘I think about 90% of the time I know who's calling me when the phone rings.’
    • ‘Already angered, Dawes becomes furious all the more when Clara calls Paul on the telephone.’
    • ‘Actually, I know a lot of people who are apprehensive about calling people they don't know on the telephone.’
    • ‘When I called the number on the company's website, the CEO picked up the phone.’
    • ‘I'll call you tonight via telephone and we can decide where we're eating for dinner.’
    • ‘To the caller, it is no different to calling any other telephone number.’
    • ‘I pride myself in either taking the call or calling the person back within an hour.’
    • ‘The member of the family who has accompanied her is shown how to use the dial phone to call us.’
    • ‘Two weeks later I hadn't heard back so I called her but she'd changed her mind.’
    • ‘People, like the man whose apartment didn't have a door, can call the 800 number for help at any time.’
    • ‘So I had to go find a telephone and call the director so that she would come down and escort me in.’
    • ‘I have never met my father and finally called him on the telephone about two years ago for the first time.’
    • ‘He just gave us his personal number and we called him when we needed him.’
    • ‘I picked up the phone this evening and called him; we chatted for over an hour and it was like we'd last spoken yesterday.’
    • ‘To avoid giving himself away, he used public telephones and telephones at work to call the old couple.’
    • ‘I snapped out of it, and picked up the old fashioned telephone to call my sister.’
    • ‘I miss calling you to hear the latest in your life.’
    • ‘I could have just called him back by dialing the number on the call ID on my cell phone.’
    • ‘And if that's not bad enough, now I've got telephone solicitors calling me for charity donations.’
    phone, telephone, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
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    1. 3.1 Summon (something, especially an emergency service or a taxi) by telephone.
      ‘her husband called an ambulance’
      • ‘She said she ran down to the station and made the report and the police called the ambulance that took him to the hospital.’
      • ‘In both cases these are criminal offences and the police should be called.’
      • ‘The woman in the museum reception was kind enough to call a cab.’
      • ‘Officers from Greater Manchester Police and British Transport Police were both called to the scene.’
      • ‘He went to a telephone box and called an ambulance.’
      • ‘He said the Essex Air Ambulance was called but was unable to attend.’
      • ‘If you are on your own, make other arrangements, such as calling a taxi.’
      • ‘Bessie tells Jane that she fell sick and was crying, and that was why the doctor was called.’
      • ‘The Group Leader called the Ambulance Service who took him to the Hospital.’
      • ‘The ambulance was called immediately but the police were not aware of the death until 3pm.’
      • ‘Around eight police cars were called to one of the drinking establishments to what must have been a major incident.’
      • ‘He attacked his father's car, and police who were called to the scene had to use CS spray to overcome him.’
      • ‘We called a cab to take us to the club.’
      • ‘Police, who were called in by the ambulance service, said no-one had been arrested.’
      • ‘Students are advised to ‘arrange a lift or call a taxi if possible’ when travelling home in the evening.’
      • ‘Police and ambulance were called to the scene where the cyclist was treated for multiple injuries.’
      • ‘The Welsh Air Ambulance was called to the scene, but was unable to land nearby because of woodland in the area.’
      • ‘At one stage a police van was called to the street to attend to a different property.’
      • ‘You can help stamp out damage to our buses by calling Lewisham police if you recognise these two youths.’
      • ‘Do not allow yourself or anyone else to become dangerously ill before calling a doctor or going to a hospital.’
      summon, send for, ask for
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  • 4with object Order or request the attendance of.

    ‘representatives of all three teams have been called to appear before the stewards’
    ‘I got a letter calling me for an interview’
    • ‘The next workshop will be held on September where educational institutions will be called upon to attend.’
    • ‘She picked holes in every article I wrote, and eventually moved me to head office where she could call me in for regular dressings-down.’
    • ‘This latest spat will be the third time London has called in the Spanish ambassador since the government was formed in 2011.’
    • ‘Now they've backtracked and said they may call them to a disciplinary hearing.’
    • ‘She was also called to attend counseling on June 18.’
    • ‘He was called before the committee, and questioned on his motivations for these dismissals.’
    • ‘He served briefly as a Private First Class in the Marines before being called back for a secret position with the CIA.’
    • ‘Research has shown that people with high Positive Affect were more likely to get called back for second interviews.’
    • ‘Investigators called three people before a fact-finding grand jury two weeks ago.’
    • ‘Maybe they'll call me in to have a little chat.’
    • ‘If the patients switch physicians, record-keepers send patients simple questionnaires or call them for interviews.’
    • ‘The father took custody of the infant after police called him to the scene.’
    • ‘The director called him to his office on Thursday at 10.30 am to review his suspension.’
    1. 4.1 Bring (a witness) into court to give evidence.
      ‘four expert witnesses were called’
      • ‘The defense has one more witness, one more expert witness, to call to the stand on Thursday.’
      • ‘In this case, the person to whom statements were made out of Court was not called as a witness.’
      • ‘Within a week, the witnesses had all been called, the cases for the prosecution and defence delivered.’
      • ‘Judge Anderson ruled he could not be called as an expert witness.’
      • ‘He is one of up to 18 expert witnesses called to the hearing to support the council's case.’
      • ‘The allegations hung over the couple, who were not called to give evidence in court, for more than a fortnight.’
      • ‘Some of them - or others like them - might conceivably have to be called as witnesses.’
      • ‘Officials are still deciding which former employees will be called to give evidence.’
      • ‘There is also the question of why this primary witness was not called to give evidence.’
      • ‘He has not given evidence or called any witnesses on his behalf.’
      • ‘The pretext for the refusal was that the defendant may abscond and could threaten key witnesses yet to be called.’
      • ‘Furthermore, it is rare for such experts to be called to give evidence or for their views to be tested.’
      • ‘First of all, it is I, and I alone, who will decide what witnesses will be called.’
      • ‘Well… if you are concerned about that there is of course a process whereby the court can call a witness.’
      • ‘Where the informant is a witness, then he or she must be called to give evidence.’
      • ‘Once the parties have responded, witnesses will be called to give evidence at public hearings likely to begin next month.’
      • ‘Two Indiana State Police forensic scientists were also called to testify.’
      • ‘He pointed out that it would also be an inconvenience to anyone that was called as a witness.’
      • ‘He was a major player in the story put before the court but was not called as a witness.’
      • ‘The Crown then called the two witnesses on whom they had relied at the trial.’
    2. 4.2 Cause (someone) to have a strong urge to choose a particular career or way of life.
      ‘he was called to the priesthood’
      ‘I think teachers, really good teachers, are called to teach’
      • ‘He felt called to make the world a better place by becoming a minister.’
      • ‘They have been called to be witnesses for God.’
      • ‘Are you despairing over the size of the task that God is calling you to do?’
      • ‘I believe that God called me to be a Bishop.’
      • ‘I personally find joy in the work I have been called to do.’
      • ‘When he is called to follow the Lord, she turns her back on both the man and his God.’
      • ‘I was 19 years old when I first heard God calling me to religious life.’
  • 5with object Announce or decide that (an event, especially a meeting, strike, or election) is to happen.

    ‘there appeared to be no alternative but to call a general election’
    ‘the Allied forces called a ceasefire’
    ‘she intends to call a meeting of the committee early next week’
    • ‘The scaled down ceremony is due to take place ahead of a special meeting called by opposition councillors.’
    • ‘I could not believe that there was no time limit from the date of calling the meeting to the date it was finally held.’
    • ‘A week ago a national rail strike was called off at the eleventh hour when the management backed down over pensions.’
    • ‘The next day they called a general strike, and roadblocks appeared everywhere.’
    • ‘She was called back to Britain from Australia when a general election was called suddenly.’
    • ‘No mass meetings have been called, and no strikes or industrial action have taken place.’
    • ‘The findings were quickly taken up by Governor McCrory, who called a press conference on the issue.’
    • ‘The special meeting had been called as a member had to be appointed before the deadline of July 5.’
    • ‘So we will have to ask the Labour Party when it intends to call the next election.’
    • ‘Griffith had not asked for me at all; he had called a press conference.’
    • ‘Another parish meeting can be called by the mayor, two councillors or six residents.’
    • ‘Annan said the first attempt to call a truce on April 12 had failed.’
    • ‘Postal vote applications can only be made within 17 days after the general election is called.’
    • ‘Today's political leaders study long and hard which date to call a General Election.’
    • ‘The findings were quickly taken up by Gov. Pat McCrory, who called a press conference on the issue.’
    • ‘Union leaders called a general strike for tomorrow if the leader was not released.’
    • ‘The parish council chairman called a special public meeting on Tuesday night in the hall.’
    • ‘He lacks the authority to call an ‘extraordinary meeting’ of the member clubs.’
    • ‘He said the union would call a special general meeting with the workers to inform them of the ruling.’
    convene, summon, call together, order, assemble
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  • 6British no object (of a person) pay a brief visit.

    ‘he had promised Celia he would call in at the clinic’
    ‘he called around last night looking for you’
    • ‘He rang her constantly, called round unexpectedly and even entered the house uninvited.’
    • ‘Then we will be told that one of their people will call to see us, and if there are any days or times that we are not at home or unavailable.’
    • ‘The woman let them in, but luckily a male friend called in and distracted the men and they fled empty handed.’
    • ‘So my Dad calls in after a trip to visit Aunty Wilma, who's recovering from a stroke.’
    • ‘And if you like, you can call in at the office on a Friday evening to hand in your timesheet, and you get a beer and some crisps.’
    • ‘An inspector called round and was shown through the house to the garden where there was a garden area with a shed.’
    • ‘I obviously couldn't wait for another week, so my daughter called in at the local shop to buy some, after school.’
    • ‘His old schoolmaster called by and launched into an analysis of American politics.’
    • ‘At one point, Karen's neighbour calls by to complain that work on the beach is "bringing all sorts to the area".’
    • ‘When his friends call at the house, she says he is sleeping, or in the bathroom, or cannot be disturbed.’
    • ‘I have people calling in every day at my hospital room, asking what is going on.’
    • ‘It is not clear if they are worried about the prospect of some of their friends calling in for a visit.’
    • ‘Neighbours called to visit her on a regular basis and she enjoyed their company.’
    • ‘When he arrived in Settle, he called at the police station and told officers what had happened.’
    • ‘Firefighters are urging people interested in their plight to call at the station and express an interest.’
    • ‘On the way home we called in at the bird centre.’
    • ‘A woman with the boy called upon at least six houses in Watson Close at about 5.30 pm on Saturday.’
    • ‘You can call in at our home - you can phone first if you want an appointment.’
    • ‘Indeed, Ray called around to us for a visit the Sunday before the dinner dance in Sligo.’
    • ‘Mom had often complained that nobody was calling in at Grandma's house much and would ask me to make an extra visit.’
  • 7with object and complement (of an umpire or other official in a game) pronounce (a ball, stroke, or other action) to be the thing specified.

    ‘the linesman called the ball wide’
    • ‘It was in a tennis match in Rome, the chair umpire called it out but the player saw it otherwise.’
    • ‘The ball went in and out of the seats in such a way that the umpire called it a double rather than a homer.’
    • ‘To me, the worst thing in baseball is when the pitcher is scared to throw the ball over the plate, and then the umpire calls it a strike when it's a foot outside!’
    • ‘The umpire called the ball out.’
    • ‘Wood's high fastball is tough to catch up to, and if umpires call it a strike, hitters must chase it.’
    1. 7.1with object Predict the result of (a future event, especially an election or a vote)
      ‘in the Northeast, the race remains too close to call’
      ‘few pundits risked calling the election for either Bush or Kerry’
      • ‘Hats off to you, Miguel, because on May 5 you called it - you said it was a shoo-in.’
      • ‘We have to call her vote 50/50, which means, according to our calculations, that the whole appeal is essentially a coin toss.’
      • ‘The message that the competition between the two is too close to call came over loud and clear.’
      • ‘They are opposed by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, making the final result of the vote too close to call.’
      • ‘The personalised nature of the bid battle makes the outcome hard to call, analysts said.’
      • ‘The result is too close to call.’
      • ‘With just a few days until Thursday's meeting at the Gresham in Dublin, few analysts are calling the outcome.’
      • ‘This election is too close to call.’
      • ‘The current government seems to think they have a mandate to end hunting, yet the issue is too close to call in opinion polls.’
      • ‘Irrespective of how the pundits call this one - I suspect they may install Longford as slight favourites - the ordinary Sligo fan will expect a win.’
      • ‘Until the recent scandals, I was calling this election as a shoo-in for the Republicans.’
      • ‘Again, the return leg is too close to call with both teams capable of making of it through to the final in Mustangs.’
      • ‘In 2000, NBC was the first network to predict the result - calling Florida for Al Gore at 1949 EST.’
      • ‘Still, analysts call the race dead even.’
      • ‘Election officials have also cautioned against calling the vote too soon.’
      • ‘Election statisticians often need to get their hands on actual vote counts from test precincts to call a race.’
      • ‘Well, the networks are going to be calling the race in a much different way this time than they did in 2000.’
      • ‘Your votes are flooding in every day in their hundreds but, with many categories still too close to call, every vote really does count.’
    2. 7.2with object Guess (the outcome) of tossing a coin.
      ‘Burnley called heads and won the toss’
      no object ‘“You call,” he said. “Heads or tails?”’
      • ‘But he never found out about what the best option to call during a toss is.’
      • ‘Goldsmith calls it tails—and wins.’
      • ‘Ask the other person to call the coin toss before you toss the coin.’
      • ‘There was even a cheer and a bout of fist-clenching when Burnley called heads and won the toss to decide who went first.’
      • ‘The rest of the team wanted me to call "tails".’
      • ‘I'm going to toss a coin and ask you to call heads or tails.’
      • ‘The players in the group then establish a playing order by calling coin tosses, chipping toward a tee marker, or any other simple method.’
      • ‘The captain was hoping for some luck with the toss, and after calling correctly he had no hesitation in reaching for his bowling boots.’
      • ‘More importantly, though, that winner would have correctly called the toss something like 16 times in a row.’
      • ‘The captain who calls correctly on the toss of a coin will decide whether it's league or union in the first half.’
  • 8Computing
    with object Cause (a subroutine) to be executed.

    ‘one subroutine may call another subroutine (or itself)’
    • ‘Metadata that is generated establishes a mapping of interface parameters to the routine parameters of the called routine.’
    • ‘The connection goes both ways; SISAL can call C and Fortran routines, and C and Fortran can call SISAL routines.’
    • ‘Before you could call a subroutine, you had to calculate its address.’
    • ‘A unit test would directly call the subroutine I want to test, and it would rely as little as possible on other subroutines in the program.’
    • ‘A shared library delays the binding of a routine name to its executable function until the routine is first called when your program runs.’
    • ‘Every time the subroutine calls itself, a few bytes are pushed on to the stack to store the return address.’
    • ‘To call C routines from a Fortran program, you will have to write some C code.’

noun

  • 1A cry made as a summons or to attract someone's attention.

    ‘a nearby fisherman heard their calls for help’
    ‘in response to the call, a figure appeared’
    • ‘She ignored anybody else on the street, not paying attention to the calls she was getting.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the once somber and silent pressroom erupted in a cacophony of calls vying for the president's attention.’
    • ‘Rescue workers moved in, picking over debris and listening for calls for help.’
    • ‘I had just about made it out the door when a call from behind me drew my attention.’
    • ‘The woman ran as the guys chased after her, yelling wild calls.’
    • ‘I heard her muffled call from the car.’
    • ‘They were yelling, their calls reverberating down the hall.’
    • ‘Mary went to her pew and sat silently, listening to the calls and yells of the other kids going home outside.’
    • ‘Everyone else was already in there and he was greeted with loud calls and hellos as he entered the dressing room.’
    • ‘My feet abruptly started walking faster after I heard Yori's call.’
    cry, shout, yell, whoop, roar, scream, shriek
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    1. 1.1with modifier A series of notes sounded on a brass instrument as a signal to do something.
      ‘a bugle call to rise at 5:30’
      • ‘Performing the poignant trumpet call is the 92-year-old's way of honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Queen and country.’
      • ‘The bugle call sounded at retreat was first used in the French Army and dates back to the crusades.’
      • ‘Like any ex-civilian, raw recruit Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll will be keeping time to ordinary bugle calls.’
      • ‘Toward the end of one song, David Johnson busted out a cavalry call on the trumpet.’
      • ‘His greatest music was made at a time of optimism in America, when the roar of the plains and the dissonant buzz of the cities still felt like the bugle calls of the new frontier.’
    2. 1.2 A direction in a square dance given by the caller.
      • ‘Any given call might be modified by an instruction specifying which dancers should do this particular call.’
      • ‘If the dancers do not know who is the lead couple or who is the inside couple, they will not be able to perform the call.’
      • ‘Wilma said the calls make square dancing easy to learn.’
      • ‘Square dances, with many of the calls in French, also became popular in the twentieth century.’
      • ‘In traditional square dancing the timing of a call is fitted to the music.’
    3. 1.3Bridge A bid, response, or double.
      ‘the alternative call of 2♠ would be quite unsound’
      • ‘In some schedules a solo is worth more if you bid it over a previous call of misère or piek.’
      • ‘Since each call adds two cards to a player's hand, you can check how many calls you have made by counting the cards in your hand.’
      • ‘Each player is allowed a maximum of three calls per game.’
      • ‘Five and six are no longer available, as this player has already used all his opportunities for these calls.’
      • ‘Then betting commences with raises, calls and folds as usual.’
  • 2The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.

    ‘it is best distinguished by its call, a loud “pwit”’
    cry, song, sound
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    1. 2.1 A device used to imitate the cry of a particular bird or other animal.
      ‘turkeys in the wild don't sound like most turkey calls’
      ‘he bought a duck call at the store’
      ‘most hunters I know have at least one call tucked away in a pocket’
  • 3An instance of speaking to someone on the phone or attempting to contact someone by phone.

    ‘I'll give you a call at around five’
    ‘he stopped returning her calls’
    ‘a ten-minute call to the emergency services’
    • ‘The Department of Agriculture has received calls from consumers worried about whether they consumed some of the recalled beef.’
    • ‘She works by herself on the floor and is constantly interrupted by calls on her mobile and fixed-line phones.’
    • ‘My phone was ringing with calls from all over the country.’
    • ‘In the case of international calls, communication from a computer to a telephone abroad is allowed.’
    • ‘The spokesman declined to release further information, including a tape of the 911 call.’
    • ‘Inmates are given phone cards to be used with conventional telephones and calls are monitored.’
    • ‘Another bit of cell phone company insanity - we pay for incoming calls but those telephone numbers are not recorded on the bill.’
    • ‘Unhappily this perception was reinforced by reports of police failing to respond to emergency calls.’
    • ‘Brian, who lives in the Costa Brava, will not be at the party, but the pair will be waiting by the telephone for his call.’
    • ‘According to some villagers, they could not make calls from their mobile telephones during the incident.’
    • ‘Some residents, such as Mr Pilkington, had opted to have their incoming calls diverted to mobile telephones, she said.’
    • ‘She told the court that she left her boyfriend at the flat briefly to make a call from a nearby telephone box.’
    • ‘The dish is used to connect calls from landline telephones to mobiles and vice versa without the need for cables.’
    • ‘It is best to make such calls from public phones, using telephone cards.’
    • ‘She claimed she can't get her mortgage representative to return her calls.’
    • ‘Police sent three squad cars and a helicopter in response to an emergency call.’
    • ‘My late afternoon siesta was interrupted by a call from Graham.’
    • ‘Last year the emotional support charity had to deal with in excess of half a million calls to its telephone helpline.’
    • ‘The best approach is not to answer the call in the first place.’
    • ‘If they experience an emergency, they should still telephone 999 as their call will be answered.’
    phone call, telephone call
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  • 4A brief social visit.

    ‘we paid a call on Howard’
    • ‘The video shows the first port call of the world's largest ship in the port of Busan in South Korea.’
    • ‘There are moments of humor, such as a scene where a sales representative makes a call on Blake, who is nodding out in a spaghetti-strap dress.’
    • ‘She will make a courtesy call on the Russian president during her stay in Moscow.’
    • ‘Lisbon is the first of our calls around the Iberian peninsula.’
    • ‘Francis paid a call on his predecessor at a monastery on the Vatican's grounds to offer Christmas greetings.’
    • ‘A routine delivery task turned into an adventure when she made a call on the village.’
    • ‘As Vettel was making his first pit call on lap 14, the Finn was seen leaving the circuit.’
    • ‘He pays a call on his friend and we take off on a journey discovering the life of one of the most important British artists of modern times.’
    • ‘The Graphic published a picture of a lady bountiful making her charitable calls around the estate with a friend, accompanied by two police constables.’
    • ‘I paid some calls to old friends in Manhattan.’
    • ‘People who have been out drinking make a final call at the kebab house before returning home.’
    visit, social call
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    1. 4.1 A visit or journey made by a doctor or other professional in response to a request for help, especially in an emergency situation.
      ‘the ambulance is out on a call’
      ‘the district nurse used to make her calls on a bicycle’
      • ‘In many city fire departments, firefighters are sent home after two calls.’
      • ‘Another element in the exercise will be an emergency call to Church island to attend to campers who are in difficulty.’
      • ‘The television show hostess followed firefighters out on a call that goes horribly wrong.’
      • ‘Unless you know a psychologist that does home calls it will be difficult to get her help that she knows she needs but refuses to get.’
      • ‘At this time, all available vehicles were on other emergency calls and it was not possible to activate a crew.’
      • ‘Amherst firefighters were called in to assist Belchertown firefighters, who were already on a call to vent propane from a home at the time.’
      • ‘One of the most common home repair calls in Florida is for fascia damage, which is particularly susceptible to water damage.’
      • ‘The police warning is reported to have initiated the desired effect, forcing some to walk their dogs in secluded areas and ask for home calls by vets.’
      • ‘She said that the nurse had been called away to another part of the home on an emergency call.’
      • ‘He was told by many practice management groups that the personal call from the doctor would bring the patients back and help to support growth in his practice.’
      • ‘When a physiotherapist made one of her regular calls at the family home. she noticed Zoe was unwell, and asked if she had been taking her antibiotics.’
      social call
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  • 5An appeal or demand for something to happen or be done.

    ‘the call for action was welcomed’
    ‘a call to all sides to remain calm and refrain from violence’
    ‘there are more and more calls on his time’
    • ‘The threat comes amid calls on the Government to build on our Olympic success by reversing funding cuts to school sports.’
    • ‘Set out what money you have coming in on one side and your outgoings on the other (rent/mortgage, food, clothing, and any other calls on your income).’
    • ‘She issues a clarion call for accountability at the top of corporations and better corporate governance.’
    • ‘The country has branded the poet "persona non grata", amid calls he be stripped of his Nobel Prize.’
    • ‘Mr O'Farrell has acknowledged she acted badly but doesn't seem to be heeding the opposition's call to sack her.’
    • ‘There have been calls to ban helium balloons, thanks to the scarcity of the gas which keeps them airborne’
    • ‘United Nations emergency officials have repeated their urgent call for more international assistance.’
    • ‘Fifty-eight percent disapprove, only 35 percent support the president's calls for reform.’
    • ‘If you are a researcher, you have many calls on your time.’
    • ‘He begins by discussing calls in the 1870s for reform of the property tax, the backbone of state and local finance.’
    • ‘I don't earn nearly what my husband does, because I simply have too many other calls on my time.’
    • ‘There are also widespread calls here for our government to intervene and ‘cap’ prices in Ireland.’
    • ‘And calls are growing for the government to relax its anti-inflationary policies.’
    • ‘There was also more than one call for him to resign.’
    • ‘There were calls for a tourist boycott, but nobody paid much attention to it.’
    • ‘He said he does not intend staying in office beyond his term, but rejected calls to resign before that.’
    • ‘The mayor has rejected widespread calls to resign.’
    • ‘But she did not endorse calls to ban home breeding, instead focusing her concern on commercial breeders who keep five or more dogs.’
    appeal, request, plea, entreaty
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    1. 5.1call forusually with negative Demand or need for (goods or services)
      ‘there was little call for work as sophisticated as his’
      • ‘When allowed to, he can be much funnier than Johnson, but there's not much call for a wise-cracking foreign secretary.’
      • ‘Some GPs said they had already surveyed their patients and found there was little call for evening and weekend appointments.’
      • ‘There's never any call for resorting to insults and name-calling.’
      • ‘Many superhero enthusiasts may have been disheartened by the Superman Returns version and there was not much call for a sequel.’
      • ‘The team is still under strength but there is some call for optimism.’
      • ‘There's quite a good market for recycled tyre materials, but there's little call for recycled electronics waste.’
      • ‘At the secondary level there was hardly any call for history teaching.’
      • ‘There was little call for healthfood at the Olympic Village as the games came to an end.’
      • ‘There is no call for that type of behavior ever!’
      • ‘There isn't much call for investment bankers in Whistler, so John decided he'd better start a small business.’
      • ‘There's no call for any of this nonsense really.’
      • ‘We have no call for herbal or fruit tea around here.’
      need, necessity, occasion, reason, justification, grounds, excuse, pretext
      demand, desire, want, requirement, need
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  • 6usually in singular An order or request for someone to be present.

    ‘he was delighted that so many former players had heeded the call to attend the conference’
    • ‘85% of the workforce there did not heed a call to return to work, in spite of an interdict by the Labour Court declaring their strike unprotected.’
    • ‘Each day the calls to prayer are broadcast over loudspeakers for everyone to hear.’
    • ‘The government then jumped into the fray with an unofficial call to arms.’
    • ‘Christian faith teaches that such a call will not summon us to some vague eternity.’
    • ‘We had only completed two laborious circuits when the call to night prayers sounded.’
    • ‘They're likely to ignore any call to a negotiating table.’
    • ‘I thank God that I heeded my wife's call to attend our church's vigil in Ebute Meta.’
    • ‘The call to return to the battlefield is one heeded by many veterans through the ages.’
    • ‘It was a shaking in the very depths of the earth, and it was a call to battle.’
    • ‘Once again, the United States and United Kingdom chose to heed the call to arms together.’
    • ‘He'd been contracted to start in February, but answered a Jockey Club call to come earlier when injuries brought the club to the edge of a jockey shortage.’
    • ‘Dawn commences with the morning call to prayer - broadcast over a loud speaker.’
    • ‘He will start the year at AAA, and at some point in the season will get the call to come to Chicago, if he pitches well enough.’
    summons, request
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    1. 6.1 A vocation.
      ‘feeling the call to ministry, I started looking for a Bible college’
      • ‘Peter, an idealistic young Yale graduate, worked as a journalist covering the war in Paris when he felt the call to serve.’
      • ‘His call to a culinary career began at a young age.’
      • ‘She trained as an Infant School Teacher and it was while she was on a retreat for teachers that she felt the call to the religious life.’
      • ‘From his first days as Pope he had a strong inner call to be a missionary.’
      • ‘Our call to be an informal educator involves commitments to growth and change.’
      • ‘People say I could have gone professional because of my love for football but I believe that in life, each person has his call and vocation.’
      vocation, mission
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    2. 6.2 A powerful force of attraction.
      ‘hikers can't resist the call of the Sierras’
      • ‘In the end the call of comedy was too great, and he forged a name for himself on the circuit.’
      • ‘Even in an age of mobility, families do their best to gather as extended clans, drawn by the call of Christmas.’
      • ‘This government needs the guts to resist the call of the past, and govern for the future.’
      • ‘She accepted, but it was not long before the call of the great outdoors became irresistible once more.’
      • ‘Today a new generation has taken charge of Labour, a new generation that understands the call of change.’
      • ‘They could barely resist the call of the forbidden, and the urge was overpowering.’
      • ‘Samantha felt the call of the ocean from her earliest days.’
      attraction, appeal, lure, allure, allurement, fascination, seductiveness
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  • 7(in sports) a decision or ruling made by an umpire or other official, traditionally conveyed by a shout, that the ball has gone out of play or that a rule has been breached.

    ‘he was visibly irritated with the umpire's calls’
    • ‘Some like to see the game played without many calls; some like to call the penalties.’
    • ‘In fact, according to coaches, officials are deciding games with reckless calls.’
    • ‘Whereas bad weather, bad calls, and bad luck are completely uncoachable, a lack of discipline can be solved.’
    • ‘We had some calls go against us, we weren't shooting the ball really well, even though we were getting great shots.’
    • ‘Consistency in the calls from one game to the next should improve.’
    • ‘They know the home team expects favorable judgments, that they are expected to neutralize bad calls with makeup calls.’
    • ‘Referees are not going to stop the game to look at foul calls or out-of-bounds rulings.’
    • ‘There is no shortage of bad calls during the season, but in the playoffs the importance is magnified.’
    • ‘Why can't each manager have the opportunity to have three close plays reviewed per game in order to have the right calls made?’
    • ‘Refs are only human, and they do make calls within the flow of a game.’
    • ‘Hockey very rarely has a glaring officiating error, and the calls made are almost always supported by replay.’
    • ‘We all want the calls to be right, and the officials have to feel better knowing they have a safety net beneath them.’
    • ‘Officials have come under heavy fire the last few weeks in the wake of a couple of controversial calls in the playoffs.’
    • ‘There have been controversial late-game calls in the last two games.’
    • ‘The NBA reviews game videos to determine whether officials' calls are correct.’
    • ‘It's good for the game when bad calls can be corrected on the field.’
    • ‘The South Africans were at the receiving end of at least two bad calls.’
    • ‘This baseball team has benefited from more bad calls than any team in memory.’
    • ‘Not having replay is bad, considering the number of botched calls in the average game.’
    • ‘For the first time in his career, he is getting the benefit of the doubt from officials on questionable calls.’
    1. 7.1 A decision, judgement, or prediction.
      ‘personally, I'm all in favor, but it's your call’
      ‘that entrepreneurial instinct may account for his ability to make tough calls when profits are at stake’
      ‘the two old foes are so evenly matched that it's anyone's call’
      • ‘The first elimination is always a very tough call.’
      • ‘They have to make a call in a split second.’
      • ‘Once you know what to look for, making the right call will start to come naturally.’
      • ‘Become fully informed consumers, knowledgeable enough to challenge doctors who make questionable diagnostic calls.’
      • ‘Before you start complaining about why other recruiting services aren't used, that's not my call.’
      • ‘Your and your spouse's plans for your estate can be identical or entirely dissimilar; it's your call.’
      • ‘I can use the help, but this is my call to make.’
      • ‘The PM will make her call on that in her own way.’
      • ‘Whether you sell early to cash in on the frenzy or sell later based on concrete information, it's your call, so don't give in to panic.’
      • ‘The organization said selecting Los Angeles as their first-ever City of the Year was a pretty easy call.’
      • ‘Like so many others after a few drinks, he made a bad judgment call.’
      • ‘No wonder the company didn't invest into 3D, great call.’
  • 8Computing
    A command to execute a subroutine.

    ‘parameter values may be changed by calls to a special purpose input specification subroutine’
    • ‘That means, the call to a subroutine must be on its program line rather than somewhere in an expression.’
    • ‘As shown in the figure, there is a value pushed for each call to the routine.’
    • ‘To be safe you can use the keyword before any subroutine call even if the subroutine is already defined.’
    • ‘A code element issues a call to the first routine.’
    • ‘One direct method to utilize the kernel is for a process to execute a system call.’
  • 9Finance
    A demand for payment of lent or unpaid capital.

    • ‘With potential bank losses barely covered by the European Stability Mechanism's 60 billion euros of bank rescue funds, what might happen when banks admit this can't continue, and loan losses trigger new capital calls?’
    • ‘Conceptually, an overdraft is repayable at call or on demand, whereas a loan is granted for a fixed period of time.’
    • ‘The bank could issue the contingent capital component of its planned £7.8 billion capital call as early as this summer, according to debt bankers.’
    1. 9.1Stock Market
      short for call option
      • ‘Option traders use calls and puts to hedge risks and exploit volatility.’
      • ‘By tracking the daily and weekly volume of puts and calls in the U.S. stock market, we can gauge the feelings of traders.’
      • ‘The rule for creating synthetics is that the strike price and expiration date of the calls and puts must be identical.’
      • ‘Shareholders are still suing Wall Street firms for too-bullish calls.’
      • ‘Put options should increase in value and calls should drop as the stock price falls.’
  • 10US as modifier (in a bar, club, etc.) denoting or made with relatively expensive brands of liquor which customers request by name.

    ‘$6 call liquor drinks’
    Compare with well (sense 4 of the noun)
    • ‘Call brand liquors include Absolut Vodka, Seagrams Gin, and Jim Beam.’
    • ‘These different vodka brands can be grouped by their price into three categories: well (the cheapest), call, and premium.’
    • ‘Drinks are pricy for the area, but then I can't remember purchasing a call drink for $6 so I suppose $9-$10 is reasonable?’
    • ‘Some caterers will offer Jim Beam Bourbon as a house/well brand and Jack Daniel's as a call brand.’
    • ‘The call liquors are the name brand booze that sit up on a shelf for everyone to see.’
    • ‘You can upgrade to call drinks for an additional $10.’

Phrases

  • call someone to account

  • call someone/something to mind

    • 1Cause one to think of someone or something, especially through similarity.

      ‘the still lifes call to mind certain of Cézanne's works’
      • ‘It's not about these people, but there are things in it that call them to mind.’
      • ‘At other points his guitar work briefly calls organs to mind.’
      • ‘Her work conjures up such a non-factual set of moments that altered states, or dream states are called to mind.’
      • ‘But some of the weird writing calls that composer to mind, especially in the more reflective moments of the second movement.’
      evoke, put one in mind of, recall, bring to mind, call up, summon up, conjure up
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      1. 1.1with negativeRemember someone or something.
        with clause ‘I cannot call to mind where I have seen you’
        • ‘As Sigmund Freud suggested long ago, memories are themselves recast every time they are called to mind.’
        • ‘If you think about somebody you know who's very generous, even if they haven't given to you directly, what does it feel like if you call this person to mind?’
        • ‘Modest, common country garden perennial flowers, both of them, and I'm ashamed to say I simply cannot call their names to mind.’
        • ‘There's another old adage there, too, but I can't call it to mind just now.’
        • ‘There's doubtless an equally irritating homily about spring-cleaning in the garden, too, but fortunately I can't call it to mind.’
        • ‘All of us have done things in our lives we'd rather not have done, things that flood us with remorse or pain or embarrassment whenever we call them to mind.’
        • ‘Draco looked pensive as his previous behaviour was called to mind.’
        • ‘She did not know how long she had been fighting, nor did she wish to call it to mind.’
        • ‘As we call our lifetime to mind we recognize no unbroken sequence of events, but rather episodes that chart our memory with the markers of ‘before’ and ‘after.’’
        • ‘‘Honourable Sirs, I have early this morning witnessed a crime of revolting sort’ he paused trying to call the rest to mind.’
        remember, recall, recollect, think
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  • call someone/something to order

    • Ask those present at a meeting to be silent so that business may proceed.

      • ‘The town crier called the proceedings to order.’
      • ‘Alex called the board to order, and everyone fell silent.’
      • ‘Scott is now taking the podium to call the audience to order.’
      • ‘He looked around the room to ensure all his key players were present, then called the meeting to order.’
      • ‘The clang of a gong calls the bilingual sessions to order, and proceedings operate according to a precise set of rules adapted from those of the British Parliament.’
      • ‘The public hearing for the road closure was called to order although no members of the public had shown up.’
      • ‘Imagine that the CEO of a major corporation has just called a meeting to order, and one of the board members makes a motion to discuss a proposed acquisition.’
      • ‘She sat stiffly in the office chair, like an executive calling a boardroom to order.’
      • ‘I have called the members to order, and I ask them to desist.’
      • ‘I remember nervously calling the meeting to order, wondering what our full day of dialogue would bring.’
  • don't call us, we'll call you

    • informal Used as a dismissive way of saying that someone has not been successful in an audition or job application.

      • ‘You can't walk five meters in a straight line… don't call us, we'll call you.’
      • ‘His e-mail read like a ‘thank you for your interest, but don't call us, we'll call you,’ form letter.’
      • ‘Thank you, thank you, I've got the picture: don't call us, we'll call you.’
      • ‘After the first audition there was a two-week period when it was a case of don't call us, we'll call you.’
  • good call (or bad call)

    • informal Used to express approval (or criticism) of a person's decision or suggestion.

      • ‘Deservedly they both received posthumous Medals of Honor, but the question has to be asked whether it was a good call by their leaders to send two men to almost certain death without being able to provide follow-up support.’
      • ‘The decision to keep interest rates unchanged looks like a good call.’
      • ‘They made a choice to not do that and to take the big fire engine which shaved off a lot of time and it was a good call because they were able to get to me that much sooner.’
      • ‘We made a good call early on by not pitting on that first stop and it paid-off.’
      • ‘The authorities may have made a bad call on some of the cases, but that doesn't give those tenants a constitutional case.’
      • ‘We skipped the D & D 30th Anniversary party in favor of sleep, which was a good call.’
      • ‘He was very agitated and concerned, and on several occasions he said to me it was a very bad call and he obviously realised he had made a very significant error.’
      • ‘We think it would be a bad call politically for her to run in 2004, but what a difference it would make in the race.’
      • ‘He admitted he was wrong - that he made a bad call.’
      • ‘Medical staff deal with a constant flow of difficult decisions and, occasionally, they make what appears to be a bad call.’
  • on call

    • 1(of a person) able to be contacted in order to provide a professional service if necessary, but not formally on duty.

      ‘our technicians are on call around the clock’
      • ‘The team is on call 24 hours-a-day, and is trained in resuscitation techniques and how to use live-saving defibrillators.’
      • ‘I am on call today and went in to do my ward round earlier.’
      • ‘There is an emergency ski patrol service on call 24 hours a day.’
      • ‘Top marks also to all who remained on duty, or on call, over the festive period.’
      • ‘If a physical exam is to be done the physician on call will be contacted.’
      • ‘If she is not on duty, she is on call so that she can respond around the clock to patients' needs.’
      • ‘You have to get up in the middle of the night if you're on call.’
      • ‘The physicians can work fewer hours, both in the office and on call, and as they are able to delegate many tasks they can provide better services.’
      • ‘Generally, these caregivers work year round with no vacation and are on call 24 hours a day.’
      • ‘If you work in a global organization, you might be on call 24 hours a day for troubleshooting or consulting.’
      on duty, on standby, standing by, ready, available
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    • 2(of money lent) repayable on demand.

      • ‘Keep your loan on call and simply pay off the 3% minimum each month.’
      • ‘High cost options such as recalling the loan and converting a term loan to an on-call loan are less preferred choices.’
  • to call one's own

    • Used to describe something that one can genuinely feel belongs to one.

      ‘I had not an item to call my own’
      • ‘Ideally the Youth Club would love to have a place to call their own where they could store equipment and project work.’
      • ‘We don't have a sofa, a coffee table, a mirror, a desk - not a stick of furniture to call our own.’
      • ‘Village youths could be given a place to call their own and to hang out with their friends.’
      • ‘The club is for the youth of the area and the youth group will endeavour to provide a safe environment for them, where they can have fun and a venue to call their own.’
      • ‘While this dispute continues, Isobel can only wrap up her children up as best she can, and hope that they will soon have a home to call their own.’
      • ‘Numerous extensions and conversions later, they now have a substantial seven-bedroom home, so everyone has a room to call their own.’
      • ‘There were hundreds of people living along the coastline who suddenly did not have anything to call their own.’
      • ‘On the most frigid day of this year, the restaurant overflows with penniless customers who make a cup of coffee last all day because they don't have a job to go to or a home to call their own.’
      • ‘The group desperately need premises to call their own, somewhere to store all their equipment, to have freedom of rehearsal times and a place to feel comfortable in.’
      • ‘The teenagers simply wanted a space to call their own.’
  • within call

    • Near enough to be summoned by calling.

      ‘she moved into the guest room, within call of her father's room’
      • ‘He had retired discreetly to the doorway, ready within call should Master need anything.’
      • ‘How many people may there be in London, who, if we had brought them deviously and blindfolded, to this street, fifty paces from the Station House, and within call of St. Giles's church, would know it for a not remote part of the city in which their lives are passed?’
      • ‘She might call for help if he attempted again as neighbors lived within call.’
  • call something into play

    • Cause or require something to start working so that one can make use of it.

      ‘our active participation as spectators is called into play’
      • ‘He created what was called a ‘subroutine’ for each note, then called them into play, as needed.’
      • ‘To save time and effort, we'll put that part into a separate file and just call it into play when we need it.’
      • ‘These companies charge several hundred to several thousand dollars for their services, so it would be wise for you to have an idea of exactly what you need before calling them into play.’
      • ‘As the muscles of the athlete or the fingers of the craftsman become fit or skillful through constant exercise, so the spiritual graces of the new man are developed by regularly calling them into play.’
      • ‘For legs, it's the same thing - you have to call the secondary muscles into play to put maximum pressure on the thighs.’
  • call attention to

    • Cause people to notice.

      ‘he is seeking to call attention to himself by his crimes’
      • ‘Feminist voices critically called attention to the relationship between sexism and male violence.’
      • ‘But I think the part I admire the most is that he did it without really announcing it or calling attention to it.’
      • ‘The way they sell new dictionaries is by calling attention to all the new words they've located.’
      • ‘He rarely calls attention to himself, rarely grandstands, but usually does it what it takes to get the job done.’
      • ‘Don't say or do anything to call attention to it, and Matt might not even notice.’
      • ‘Sleeveless, short or cap sleeves or tight sleeves call attention to, and display, the arms.’
      • ‘In my opinion, it called attention to what Allied forces were up against and might well have inspired them to renewed efforts against a worthy opponent.’
      • ‘They also preferred to use behavioral strategies that redirected, rather than called attention to, problem behaviors.’
      • ‘I yelled out to call attention to what was going on (at the same time wondering how smart I was to get involved).’
      • ‘Too often in the longer book, the writing calls attention to itself and distracts from the story.’
      publicize, make public, make known, give publicity to, bill, post, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, shout from the rooftops, give notice of, call attention to, promulgate
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  • call collect

    • Make a telephone call reversing the charges.

      • ‘Don't accept gifts from strangers or call someone, even if they invite you to call collect.’
      • ‘From countries where toll-free calls are not available, customers are able to call collect.’
      • ‘They charge extra money to inmates who call collect to their families.’
      • ‘You called collect to tell us about your new dog?’
      • ‘A prison social worker said that prisoners may call collect on pay telephones inside the prison.’
      • ‘You could call collect but you had to pay for your calls, either way.’
      • ‘What do you mean, ‘Why don't I just call collect?‘’
      • ‘You will also have your own phone from which long distance calls can be made by calling collect or using a charge card.’
      • ‘I'm sorry I had to call collect, but I have news.’
      • ‘My arrangement with this aunt is that she calls me or if I need to call her I call collect and then she calls me back.’
  • call something into (or in) question

    • Cast doubt on something.

      ‘these findings call into question the legitimacy of the proceedings’
      • ‘Apparently, these concerns had been raised before, even by an outfit whose reliability as a watchdog has been called into question recently.’
      • ‘But in recent months, the future of the project has been called into question.’
      • ‘She has filed a civil lawsuit which, of course, calls her motives into question.’
      • ‘It was the second time that her victory was called into question.’
      • ‘My honesty has been called into question and it has made me look like a criminal.’
      • ‘The sanity of the captain is called into question.’
      • ‘Yet in recent years this victory has been called into question.’
      • ‘He is furious that his good name has been called into question.’
      • ‘Integrity is one of the cornerstones upon which reliable journalism is based, and, when it is called into question, we begin to doubt everything we read in newspapers and magazines and see on television.’
      • ‘People are very much offended that their patriotism has been called into question.’
      doubt, distrust, mistrust, suspect, lack confidence in, have doubts about, be suspicious of, have suspicions about, have misgivings about, feel uneasy about, feel apprehensive about, cast doubt on, query, question, challenge, dispute, have reservations about
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  • call the shots (or tune)

    • Take the initiative in deciding how something should be done.

      ‘we believe in parents and teachers calling the shots’
      • ‘In return, the new recruits are willing to do anything for the man who calls the shots.’
      • ‘Increasingly in shaping our foreign policy priorities it is the media which calls the shots.’
      • ‘He quoted the proverb ‘He who pays the piper, calls the tune, ‘but noted, ‘I think we are very strong on the issue that they mustn't tell us what is good for us.’
      • ‘It's all about getting the initiative and being in a position to call the shots.’
      • ‘Early on it was unclear who was really calling the shots.’
      • ‘In the economy, however, it is always big capital that calls the shots.’
      • ‘The car sales staff can chat away all they like to the man about brake, horsepower and top speeds but it's really the woman who calls the shots.’
      • ‘We would love to know, Mr. Prime Minister, since for all practical purposes your Government still calls the shots on this supposedly autonomous corporation.’
      • ‘The taxpayer pays the piper, but the sponsor calls the tune.’
      • ‘Interview those who own or manage the media and they will tell you that today it's the readership or viewership that calls the shots.’
      be in charge, be in control, be in command, be the boss, be at the helm, be in the driving seat, be at the wheel, be in the saddle, pull the strings, hold the purse strings
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Phrasal Verbs

  • call someone/something down

    • 1Cause or provoke someone or something to appear or occur.

      ‘nothing called down the wrath of Nemesis quicker’
      • ‘The poems were gathered together in a volume called The British Album, and they were deemed disturbing enough to call down several satirical attacks.’
      • ‘It was a way of calling down the judgment of God if the words spoken were false.’
      • ‘For many of the villagers, if Allah can be called down into the human world, so can the spirits of the dead.’
      • ‘His Religion within the Boundaries of Pure Reason (1793) called down on him the censure of the government.’
      • ‘All I can think about is what a failure I am and that I am disobeying God and calling his wrath down on me.’
      • ‘In some cases, you'll find yourself in the midst of a pitched battle from which you can call down any number of WMDs.’
      • ‘The murder of a stranger who entered somebody's house for shelter would call down the anger of the gods.’
      • ‘The best architects have always understood that we can call down divine fire, focus community, make a place for home.’
    • 2Reprimand someone.

      ‘he called down Clarence Drum about being so high and mighty’
      • ‘She was a good student, and she couldn't figure out why she was called down.’
      • ‘When Joyce gets paranoid about his talent as a writer, he takes it out on Nora, throwing her past in her face and calling her down for being married before.’
      • ‘When she got carried away and started to show genuine anger and aggression, the Captain called her down.’
      • ‘They sat down and everyone started asking Katrina what she was called down for.’
      • ‘Who do these holier-than-thou types think they are, calling me down?’
      reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure
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  • call for

    • 1Make necessary.

      ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’
      • ‘This condition calls for urgent medical attention at any time of the day or night.’
      • ‘It calls for tough and focussed decisions and no soft and vague measures.’
      • ‘Where safety calls for drastic measures such as bollards to be installed, then fixed bollards should be the method used.’
      • ‘The production schedule would call for filming a total of 100 episodes in just two years.’
      • ‘The alleged plan called for the two men to pretend that he was a hostage.’
      • ‘This is a sensitive area which I must draw to your attention and feel it calls for some action before it causes more distress.’
      • ‘Desperate times such as these call for the celebration of small victories such as this.’
      • ‘It does not necessarily call for a large investment to implement it.’
      • ‘FBI policy calls for an investigation whenever an agent fires a weapon.’
      • ‘I think a sense of proportion is called for here.’
      require, need, necessitate, make necessary, demand
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    • 2Publicly ask for or demand.

      ‘the report calls for an audit of endangered species’
      • ‘The President called for $10 million to be spent on researching violent media as well as its correlation to gun violence.’
      • ‘Councilman Kenney, among others, called for a review of the city's demolition application and inspection process.’
      • ‘The basic issues were all spelled out, even before the Security Council resolution calling for a land-for-peace settlement.’
      • ‘Senate Democrats also pointed out that they had been calling for a bipartisan conference for months, a request that had been brushed off by House Republicans.’
      • ‘The report also called for more research on fluoride and the implications for child health.’
      • ‘The report calls for a dramatic restructuring of how aid is allotted in the region.’
      • ‘It calls for the National Audit Office to conduct an urgent scrutiny of the value for money tests.’
      • ‘The companies also called for more transparency and for limits on surveillance.’
      • ‘Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued separate statements calling for more government action to protect lives.’
      • ‘The US way is to call for stricter laws, harsher conditions and longer sentences.’
      require, need, necessitate, make necessary, demand
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    • 3Stop to pick up (someone) at the place where they are living or working.

      ‘I'll call for you around seven’
      • ‘He had a friend call for him at his office and together they walked to the coffee house.’
      • ‘He called for me at my hotel and took me to the beach after dawn next morning.’
      • ‘A new house and a new friend: he called for me and said he would show me around.’
      • ‘She was discovered by a neighbour who called for her on the way to Sunday Mass.’
      • ‘When her friends knocked at the door to call for her, her mum became frantic with worry.’
      • ‘A car would call for her at four o'clock on Friday.’
      • ‘I will call for you at three.’
      • ‘I will call for you tonight at 6.30.’
      • ‘I called for you so we could meet the man that Karl referred to as his friend.’
      pick up, collect, fetch, come to get, go to get, come for
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    • 4Predict or describe (the likely weather conditions) for a period of time in the future.

      ‘the forecast is calling for more rain’
      ‘they're calling for temperatures in the 80s for the rest of the week’
      • ‘After a few weeks, with the weather outlook not calling for any snow for the foreseeable future, I went ahead and swapped back to the summer tires.’
      • ‘Forecasters are calling for a storm surge of between 6 and 14 feet for Eleuthera and Grand Bahama Islands.’
      • ‘They are calling for 6-12 inches total by tomorrow morning in the far northern Chicago suburbs.’
      • ‘They're calling for a high of 43 in Park City and 50 in Salt Lake.’
      • ‘Although the weather forecast called for rain, the weather was great throughout the whole race.’
      • ‘They're calling for a wintry mix, which should be just lovely!’
      • ‘Here in Chicago, they are calling for some cold temperatures and snow for the next two days, all of which has me making plans to stay inside all weekend long.’
      • ‘Egads … the weather forecast for Friday is calling for snow.’
      • ‘The forecast called for more rain through the day Sunday, which could hamper rescuers trying to reach all of the far-flung areas that have been affected.’
      • ‘The weather in Banff unexpectedly changed to warm, but the forecast is calling for cold and snow for the weekend.’
      • ‘Weather forecasts called for heavy rains July 12 in Indianapolis, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Dennis.’
  • call something forth

    • Elicit a response.

      ‘few things call forth more compassion’
      • ‘Today, many of the jokes are dated, but the raucous satirical tone still hits a nerve and calls forth countless contemporary associations.’
      • ‘Her memory is astounding, calling forth an endless stream of anecdotes.’
      • ‘The setting and circumstances on the island call forth the ideas of departure, regret, and the allure of the superficial.’
      • ‘The rise of essentially trivial pastimes should not call forth a moral panic.’
      • ‘Lower manning levels have called forth the need for more flexible job descriptions so that fewer employees can cover all the previous jobs.’
      • ‘A meal high in carbs calls forth a rush of insulin which can overshoot the required amount, lowering blood glucose too much, making you hungry again.’
      • ‘To any professional pianist the name Maurice Hinson calls forth a number of images: meticulous scholar, prolific author, inspiring lecturer.’
      • ‘Sometimes even the most harmless remark about America would call forth very sharp replies from him.’
      • ‘This was the use of psychology in economics that, when it was employed by Proudhon, called forth a rebuke from Marx!’
      • ‘The situations she chooses make for dramatic scenarios that call forth genuine emotional responses.’
  • call someone in

    • Enlist someone's aid or services.

      ‘you can either do the work yourself or call in a local builder to help you’
      • ‘A company can call her in for a morning to measure up its sales staff, or a group of colleagues can book her for a couple of hours.’
      • ‘She's called in the government to do more to stop unscrupulous companies selling prescription drugs on the Internet.’
      • ‘A local referee was called in to inspect the pitch at 12.30 pm and deemed it unplayable.’
      • ‘Extra firefighters were called in as the fire spread.’
      • ‘Normally we are called in to provide an emergency service.’
      • ‘Said James, the policewoman assigned to the case promised to call on them late Sunday afternoon.’
      • ‘Lt. Murphy calls him in on cases that don't seem to make any sense.’
      • ‘The National Criminal Intelligence Service has been called in, along with a Metropolitan Police team specialising in tracking down fugitives.’
      • ‘When the government needs them at times like this, they pick up the phone and they call them in.’
      • ‘Experts from The Pigeon Control Advisory Service were called in two years ago and visited the town again just before Christmas.’
      • ‘Law enforcement authorities discovered lab equipment and other "suspicious" material in the house, and then called in the FBI.’
      call, call for, call in, summon, ask to come, request, request the attendance of, request the presence of, order, contact, fetch
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  • call something in

    • Require payment of a loan or promise of money.

      ‘the bank would call in loans and foreign donations’
      • ‘His biggest lender had just called in its loan.’
      • ‘The bank was on the brink of calling in the debt.’
      • ‘Such a loss, it is argued, would prompt America's creditors to start calling in the debt.’
      • ‘Our losses were so high that our loans were called in.’
      • ‘The only circumstances in which they could call in all outstanding debts would be in the event of their own disbandment.’
      • ‘Our social club owed the brewery money and they were calling it in.’
      • ‘His employer, hearing of his speeches, sacked him as his steward and called in unpaid debts.’
      • ‘Others blame the owners of established resorts, who may have pressed banks to call in loans to their red-hot competitor.’
      • ‘Bolivia was told that if coca production didn't cease entirely by 2000, aid packages would stop and the loans would be called in.’
      • ‘Workers who took out preferential loans to buy cars will be badly hit if their loans are called in by the firm's liquidators.’
  • call someone/something off

    • Order a person or dog to stop attacking someone.

      ‘Gunda pleaded with him to call the dog off’
      • ‘She grabbed my throat, but before she could act further, the woman behind her called her off with a harsh, ‘Stop!’’
      • ‘The dogs wanted to follow, but Maria called them off.’
      • ‘He called off the attackers.’
      • ‘He stood and watched while the dogs attacked and made no attempt to call them off.’
      • ‘The Italian attack was called off, and it was time to move against France, so I resumed control of my unit and ordered it to Burgundy.’
      • ‘Its owners were watching my dog attack their horse, while I was trying to call her off.’
      • ‘The hounds were called off, regrouped and the oldest hunt in England set off on a new trail.’
      • ‘‘Call your dog off,’ Lucy said calmly.’
      • ‘The government called off helicopters sent to attack the rebel militia, averting a threatened rebel offensive.’
  • call something off

    • Cancel an event or agreement.

      ‘they held a ballot on whether to call off industrial action’
      • ‘An Army spokesman said that due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the event had been called off indefinitely.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, we had a lot of bad weather recently and an extraordinary amount of games were called off.’
      • ‘They were surprised to find that the strike had been called off and that an agreement had been struck supporting a two-tier wage.’
      • ‘As the friends argue, other problems surface: Ian's doubts about his impending wedding, which his friends urge him to call off.’
      • ‘The firm called off takeover talks last November because the price discussed was not satisfactory.’
      • ‘But the final deal was never done and last month negotiations were called off.’
      • ‘But their protest was called off while they waited on the results of negotiations with the union representative at Fawley.’
      • ‘Jack momentarily considers calling off the wedding but eventually slinks back to LA with his tail between his legs.’
      • ‘Within hours of calling off the deal, however, he was working to make the same idea happen, this time as a private company.’
      • ‘Just four days before the event was due to take place the Village Business Association called it off.’
      cancel, abandon, shelve, scrap, drop, mothball
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  • call on

    • 1Pay a visit to (someone)

      ‘he's planning to call on Katherine today’
      • ‘Thereafter I made it a point to call on him on all my visits to Delhi.’
      • ‘He visited a Kyoto temple, called on a professor from his alma mater in Kyoto and paid tribute to a Japanese author.’
      • ‘He then calls on Eustacia, asking her to marry him.’
      • ‘She also called on her legislator during her brief visit to capital.’
      • ‘Half a dozen or so guests are coming to call on me and maybe extend it to a visit in a few day's time.’
      • ‘He called on me during his last visit to Accra and we discussed varied issues relating to Africa.’
      • ‘The policewoman assigned to the case promised to call on them late Sunday afternoon.’
      • ‘John calls on Mrs. Jennings, and after his visit, he goes on a walk with Elinor.’
      • ‘We were living in Switzerland, and Toni would call on us whenever he visited the country.’
      • ‘Anyone visiting a friend or acquaintance is expected to call on everyone they know in the same neighborhood.’
      visit, pay a visit to, pay a call on, go and see, look in on
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    • 2Have recourse to.

      ‘we are able to call on academic staff with a wide variety of expertise’
      • ‘He'll be calling on those hard-earned inner resources often in this sport.’
      • ‘A great many collectors from the upper aristocracy or rich middle classes called on her skill.’
      • ‘Under the proposals, a senior nurse would then be able to call on more staff at short notice than is possible at present.’
      • ‘Now her dad is calling on her musical talents to keep his customers in good spirits on December 11.’
      • ‘But Kelvin will be able to call on some family history to help him play the role.’
      • ‘United called on all their reserves of energy and battled back to equalise just before full time.’
      • ‘It was all very new to us all and called on all our skills.’
      • ‘He will be able to call on the multinational forces, if he deems it necessary to have them deal with a problem.’
      • ‘The largest part of the market remains untapped since most companies prefer to handle their own security issues, rather than calling on external forces.’
      • ‘Schools that need a helping hand will be able to call on volunteers to help in their activities.’
      have recourse to, avail oneself of, turn to, draw on, look to, make use of, use, utilize, bring into play
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      1. 2.1with infinitiveDemand that (someone) do something.
        ‘he called on the government to hold a plebiscite’
        • ‘I call on you to stop any protest against progress in the peace process.’
        • ‘She called on the council to employ someone, even for two or three days a week, to look after the cemetery.’
        • ‘Farmers are urging the public to sign a petition calling on the Government to tighten controls on illegal imports.’
        • ‘She is calling on those in power to stop preaching hatred.’
        • ‘It does not advocate cash hand-outs to farmers, but instead calls on the Government to adopt a more understanding approach to agriculture.’
        • ‘Tenants have called on their neighbours and staff to write to their local MP voicing their concerns.’
        • ‘PC Hopson, who is spearheading the scheme to educate drinkers in the city, called on them to take sensible precautions.’
        • ‘Bosses are calling on their staff to get fit and healthy.’
        • ‘Many of them had called on him to step down.’
        • ‘Now residents are calling on local representatives to demand that ramps should be installed on the road.’
        appeal to, ask, request, apply to, petition
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  • call someone out

    • 1Summon someone to deal with an emergency or to do repairs.

      ‘patients are to be told to stop calling doctors out unnecessarily at night’
      • ‘The cracks were discovered last month after the gas company was called out to deal with an emergency pipe leak.’
      • ‘So, to beat the system, I've requested that we call the electrician out again.’
      • ‘The school would make headlines six years later, when the Governor called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent its integration.’
      • ‘Any time there was an emergency, Gus could be called out and his wife and daughters had to fend for themselves.’
      • ‘The police call out their elite strike force and the fuzz tour the resort for a little evidence tampering.’
      • ‘When veterinarian Gail McCarthy is called out to the scene there isn't much she can do.’
      • ‘I've had to call the police out a couple of times, and the problem has been and gone over the years, depending on her medication.’
      • ‘The emergency doctor was called out at 2.15am.’
      • ‘No need to call out the royal guard; all parties are declared not guilty and are free to go.’
      • ‘Last month we had to call the doctor out because the stress of all this had sent Hilary's muscles into spasm.’
    • 2Order or advise workers to strike.

      • ‘Union members in London are now demanding that they are called out to join the selective action within the next two weeks.’
      • ‘Workers on London's Docklands Light Railway were called out on strike for 24 hours from 6.30 pm on March 25.’
      • ‘We urge the CWU not to call our people out on strike action, which can only hurt our customers.’
      • ‘Nevertheless many of these workers did come out on the national days of action or when local unions called them out, and they solidarised with those who were on strike.’
      • ‘Splinter groups of communists and Trotskyists fought for supremacy on the shop floor, calling workers out on strike and typifying the industrial travails of the time.’
      • ‘Unison members in colleges were in disbelief that they had not been called out alongside members of other unions.’
      • ‘The Fire Brigades Union called its 50,000 members out on strikes last November.’
      • ‘‘We'd have torn up our NUJ cards if they called us out on strike,’ said another.’
      • ‘About 10,000 members at the bank's branches and call centers around the UK had been called out, a spokesman for the union said.’
      • ‘The rank and file have been 100 percent solid whenever they have been called out.’
    • 3Draw critical attention to someone’s unacceptable actions or behavior.

      ‘people were calling him out for his negative comments’
      ‘Dan had called her out on a couple of contradictions in her story’
      ‘she called him on his claim that the media were doing a bad job of covering the economy’
      • ‘It's time for audiences to call them out on their hypocrisy and demand better representations of diversity.’
      • ‘Larry didn't call her out on anything during the interview either.’
      • ‘Rip the cloak of secrecy off abuse and openly call out every abuser by name; perhaps some real change would begin.’
      • ‘These bystanders can help mitigate abuse by calling out bullies.’
      • ‘The 84-year-old stopped short of apologising for calling Katy out for being late, but said she was sorry if it made her more upset during that sad time.’
      • ‘You are the one that keeps twisting what you're saying whenever you are called out on it.’
      • ‘I'm one of those moms that will question their children about things that don't make sense, and call them out on their lies.’
      • ‘He essentially just called the team out for being lazy.’
      • ‘She gets the whole house riled up, then walks away like nothing happened, and nobody calls her on it.’
      • ‘The pay's good, and hardly anyone will call you on your decisions when you're wrong.’
    • 4Challenge someone to a duel.

      • ‘When he is called out to fight a duel, Boris cannot pull the trigger.’
      • ‘I'm pretty sure they each would have stepped up to the challenge if the other had called them out.’
      • ‘I'll call him out and we'll settle this once and for all.’
      • ‘Your princess was well within her rights to call him out to duel.’
      • ‘Steve told Clarence that I called him out, but that he wouldn't fight me.’
  • call something over

    • Read out a list of names to determine those present.

      ‘a gentleman proceeded to call over the names of the jury’
      • ‘In calling over the list every name is repeated, although three-fourths or more of the boys, whose names are called over, are present.’
      • ‘Charles Mansfield, our third lieutenant, came on deck, and called the list over.’
      • ‘Under the new Act for regulating the trial of controverted elections, you will, in the discharge of your duty, call over the names in the alphabetical list of Members.’
      • ‘It has been the practice of the House of Commons, on occasions of sufficient importance, to order that the House be called over at a future day.’
  • call someone up

    • 1Phone someone.

      ‘I have a list of people to call up in the morning’
      • ‘I called Liv up on the phone, and we agreed to meet down by the lake.’
      • ‘Sensing the rarity of the animal, Meshram closed the door and immediately called up fire brigade personnel.’
      • ‘I called up Customer Care again and they promised me a free replacement by tomorrow evening.’
      • ‘When you call up Customer Care, you just get pathetic responses which won't take you anywhere.’
      • ‘When I can't get my email, I call them up on the phone and they explain exactly what's wrong and when they expect it to be fixed.’
      • ‘He stalks her, following her to the church where she does volunteer work, and even calls her up anonymously on the telephone.’
      • ‘A pollster selects a random sample of voters, calls them up on the telephone, and asks who the respondent would vote for if the election were being held today.’
      • ‘He may have even called up Katy to help console him, but that doesn't mean they hooked up.’
      • ‘The phone hasn't stopped ringing with people calling me up to say how wonderful it looks.’
      • ‘I'd found her number in the phone book and called her up on the chance that she'd meet me.’
      phone, telephone, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
      phone, telephone, call, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
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    • 2Summon someone to serve in the army.

      ‘they have called up more than 20,000 reservists’
      • ‘When World War 1 broke out he was called up for the army.’
      • ‘He was called up for the Army in 1939 and served in France during the war, and later in the Middle East.’
      • ‘Before becoming a teacher he was called up to do National Service and served in Germany.’
      • ‘While fishing, Fred asks the bartender if he will go to war when they call up the old men.’
      • ‘She was a member of the Territorial Army when she was called up to serve in the last conflict.’
      • ‘His 19-year-old brother Aidan is also in the army and is currently waiting to see if he is called up to serve in the Gulf.’
      • ‘Only a year later Doug was called up to serve in the Royal Marines, while Betty went on to serve in the Army.’
      • ‘What if there were a reinstatement of the draft and you were called up?’
      • ‘Chuck receives a letter calling him up to the army and refuses to serve.’
      • ‘Then the government started conscription and I was called up.’
      enlist, recruit, sign up
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      1. 2.1Select someone to play in a team, especially at a higher level of competition.
        ‘he was called up from Columbus to finish the season with the Yankees’
        • ‘Ainsworth is the best of the three, and if he mows down Pacific Coast League hitters, the team will be tempted to call him up.’
        • ‘My point is, the Rays aren't afraid to call up their young guys.’
        • ‘In all honesty I hope the FO doesn't call up Bryant or Baez next season.’
        • ‘Romario knows that if Brazil do not find a consistent goalscorer soon, then the pressure to call him up will mount.’
        • ‘After a stint in Hartford, he is called up to the big team.’
        • ‘He was called up and scored a century on his debut.’
        • ‘Though she lost her debut matches, the tennis player hopes she will be called up to play for the senior team in the future.’
        • ‘The worst-case scenario with Crosby is that the organization calls him up anyway, and the Tigers lose lots of games.’
        • ‘If he doesn't make the Olympic team, there's a good chance the Cubs will call him up in September.’
        • ‘‘We called him up as the 17th player,’ the team manager said.’
        select, pick, choose
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  • call something up

    • 1Summon for use something that is stored or kept available.

      ‘icons that allow you to call up a graphic’
      • ‘To make matters worse, online links to sites offering more information simply called up error pages.’
      • ‘It predicts what data the program is going to need next and calls it up ahead of time, storing the received but as-yet-unrequired data in main memory.’
      • ‘Once the customer has made a decision, the salesman calls up a three-dimensional image on his computer screen.’
      • ‘Detailed maps can be called up on screens and geographical intelligence deployed to officers.’
      • ‘She calls up the XML version of the document in a structured editor on the left of the browser window.’
      • ‘Onscreen icons launch programs with a click, and a movable tool bar calls up menus listing everyday programs.’
      • ‘Its details are logged on a card which the user takes away and the horse's details can be called up to be raced when the card is inserted into a machine.’
      • ‘Greg calls up the webpage and gets the tech support number.’
      • ‘So I called up my credit file and went through all 40 pages of it.’
      • ‘Digitally-enabled sports fans can select particular camera angles, or call up on-screen menus containing all kinds of background nuggets.’
      1. 1.1Evoke something.
        ‘the special effects that called up the Mars landscape were impressive’
        • ‘The metaphor calls up a vision of the artist's studio as the site of learning and experimentation.’
        • ‘While no, I can't say that I've seen this exact storyline unfold before, I can say that it never stops calling up memories of other shows.’
        • ‘‘Home for the holidays’ is an often-used phrase this time of year, calling up images of friends and family gathered together to celebrate old traditions.’
        • ‘The vegan diet usually calls up images of austerity and abstention.’
        • ‘The opening movement, for flute and strings, calls up the lonely hills.’
        • ‘The proposal is steeped in the language of agricultural protection, calling up images of an agriculture frozen in time.’
        • ‘Kearney began now to call up a vision in the future, as a moment before he had called up one of the past.’
        • ‘Nostalgia sells; people love to listen to music that calls those memories up.’

Origin

Late Old English ceallian, from Old Norse kalla ‘summon loudly’.

Pronunciation

call

/kôl//kɔl/