What is Call?
Call definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
verb (used with object)
to cry out in a loud voice; shout: He called her name to see if she was home.
to command or request to come; summon: to call a dog; to call a cab; to call a witness.
to ask or invite to come: Will you call the family to dinner?
to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone: Call me when you arrive.
to rouse from sleep, as by a call; waken: Call me at eight o’clock.
to read over (a roll or a list) in a loud voice.
to convoke or convene: to call Congress into session.
to announce authoritatively; proclaim: to call a halt.
to order into effect; establish: to call a strike.
to schedule: to call a rehearsal.
to summon by or as if by divine command: He felt called to the ministry.
to summon to an office, duty, etc.: His country called him to the colors.
to cause to come; bring: to call to mind; to call into existence.
to bring under consideration or discussion: The judge called the case to court.
to attract or lure (birds or animals) by imitating characteristic sounds.
to direct or attract (attention): He called his roommate’s attention to the mess.
to name or address (someone) as: His parents named him James, but the boys call him Jim.
to designate as something specified: He called me a liar.
to think of as something specified; consider; estimate: I call that a mean remark.
to demand of (someone) that he or she fulfill a promise, furnish evidence for a statement, etc.: They called him on his story.
to criticize adversely; express disapproval of; censure (often followed by out): She called him on his vulgar language.
to demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan).
to demand presentation of (bonds) for redemption.
to forecast correctly: He has called the outcome of the last three elections.
Sports. (of an official) to pronounce a judgment on (a shot, pitch, batter, etc.): The umpire called the pitch a strike. to put an end to (a contest) because of inclement weather, poor field conditions, etc.: A sudden downpour forced the umpire to call the game.
Pool. to name (the ball) one intends to drive into a particular pocket.
(in a computer program) to transfer control of to a procedure or subroutine.
Cards. to demand (a card). to demand the display of a hand by (a player).Poker. to equal (a bet) or equal the bet made by (the preceding bettor) in a round.Bridge. to signal one’s partner for a lead of (a certain card or suit).
verb (used without object)
to speak loudly, as to attract attention; shout; cry: She called to the children.
to make a short visit; stop at a place on some errand or business: She called at the store for the package.
to telephone or try to telephone a person: He promised to call at noon.
Cards. to demand a card. to demand a showing of hands.Poker. to equal a bet.Bridge. to bid or pass.
(of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry.
a cry or shout.
the cry or vocal sound of a bird or other animal.
an instrument for imitating this cry and attracting or luring an animal: He bought a duck call.
an act or instance of telephoning: She went into the next room to place her call.
a short visit: to make a call on someone.
a summons or signal sounded by a bugle, bell, etc.: We live so close to the fort that we can hear the bugle calls.
a summons, invitation, or bidding: The students gathered at the call of the dean.
a calling of a roll; roll call.
the fascination or appeal of a given place, vocation, etc.: the call of the sea.
a mystic experience of divine appointment to a vocation or service: He had a call to become a minister.
a request or invitation to become pastor of a church, a professor in a university, etc.
a need or occasion: He had no call to say such outrageous things.
a demand or claim: to make a call on a person’s time.
a demand for payment of an obligation, especially where payment is at the option of the creditor.
Cards. a demand for a card or a showing of hands.Poker. an equaling of the preceding bet.Bridge. a bid or pass.
Sports. a judgment or decision by an umpire, a referee, or other official of a contest, as on a shot, pitch, or batter: The referees were making one bad call after another.
Theater. a notice of rehearsal posted by the stage manager. act call. curtain call.
Dance. a figure or direction in square dancing, announced to the dancers by the caller.
Also called call option. Finance. an option that gives the right to buy a fixed amount of a particular stock at a predetermined price within a given period of time, purchased by a person who believes the price will rise.Compare put(def 24).
Fox Hunting. any of several cries, or sounds made on a horn by the hunter to encourage the hounds.
call away, to cause to leave or go; summon: A death in the family called him away.
call back, to summon or bring back; recall: He called back the messenger. The actor was called back for a second audition. to revoke; retract: to call back an accusation.
call down, to request or pray for; invoke: to call down the wrath of God. to reprimand; scold: The boss called us down for lateness.
call for, to go or come to get; pick up; fetch. to request; summon. to require; demand; need: The occasion calls for a cool head.
call forth, to summon into action; bring into existence: to call forth her courage and resolve.
call in, to call for payment; collect. to withdraw from circulation: to call in gold certificates. to call upon for consultation; ask for help: Two specialists were called in to assist in the operation. to inform or report by telephone: Did he call in his decision this morning? to participate in a radio or television program by telephone.
call in/into question. question(def 17).
call off, to distract; take away: Please call off your dog. to cancel (something) that had been planned for a certain date: The performance was called off because of rain.
call on/upon, to ask; appeal to: They called on him to represent them. to visit for a short time: to call on friends.
call out, to speak in a loud voice; shout. to summon into service or action: Call out the militia! to bring out; elicit: The emergency called out her hidden abilities. to direct attention to with a callout: to call out each detail in an illustration.Informal. to challenge to a fight.
call up, to bring forward for consideration or discussion. to cause to remember; evoke. to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone. to summon for action or service: A large number of Army reservists were called up.Computers. to summon (information) from a computer system for display on a video screen: She called up the full text.