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  1. call
  2. verb

    • 1. give (an infant or animal) a specified name:

      they called their daughter Hannah
      Synonym : name, christen, baptize, designate, style, term, dub, label, entitle, clepe, denominate, answer to the name of, go by the name of
    • 2. have a specified name:

      she is called Eva a 1942 mystery called Time To Kill
    • 3. 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
    • 4. refer to, consider, or describe (someone or something) as being:

      he's the only person I would call a friend
      Synonym : describe as, regard as, look on as, consider to be, judge to be, think of as, class as, categorize as
    • 5. cry out (a word or words):

      he heard an insistent voice calling his name Meredith was already calling out a greeting
      Synonym : cry out, cry, shout, yell, sing out, whoop, bellow, roar, halloo, bawl, scream, shriek, screech, exclaim, holler, yoo-hoo, cooee, ejaculate, vociferate
    • 6. cry out to (someone) in order to summon them or attract their attention:

      she heard Terry calling her I distinctly heard you call
      Synonym : cry out, cry, shout, yell, sing out, whoop, bellow, roar, halloo, bawl, scream, shriek, screech, exclaim, holler, yoo-hoo, cooee, ejaculate, vociferate
    • 7. (of an animal, especially a bird) make its characteristic cry:

      overhead, a skylark called
    • 8. shout out or chant (the steps and figures) to people performing a square dance or country dance.

    • 9. make (a particular bid) during the auction:

      her partner called 6♠
    • 10. claim (a privilege) for oneself, typically by shouting out a particular word or set phrase:

      I call first dibs on the bathroom
    • 11. 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
      Synonym : phone, telephone, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make/place a call to, get, reach, ring up, ring, give someone a ring, call up, give someone a call, give someone a buzz, buzz, give someone a bell, bell, give someone a tinkle, get on the blower to, get someone on the horn
    • 12. summon (something, especially an emergency service or a taxi) by telephone:

      her husband called an ambulance
      Synonym : summon, send for, ask for, order, page
    • 13. 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
    • 14. bring (a witness) into court to give evidence:

      four expert witnesses were called
    • 15. 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
    • 16. 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
      Synonym : convene, summon, call together, order, assemble, arrange, arrange a time/date for, announce, declare, convoke
    • 17. (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
    • 18. (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
    • 19. 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
    • 20. guess (the outcome) of tossing a coin:

      Burnley called heads and won the toss “You call,” he said. “Heads or tails?”
    • 21. cause (a subroutine) to be executed:

      one subroutine may call another subroutine (or itself)


    • 1. a 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
      Synonym : cry, shout, yell, whoop, roar, scream, shriek, exclamation, holler, vociferation
    • 2. a series of notes sounded on a brass instrument as a signal to do something:

      a bugle call to rise at 5:30
    • 3. a direction in a square dance given by the caller.

    • 4. a bid, response, or double:

      the alternative call of 2♠ would be quite unsound
    • 5. the characteristic cry of a bird or other animal:

      it is best distinguished by its call, a loud “pwit”
      Synonym : cry, song, sound
    • 6. 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
    • 7. an 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
    • 8. a brief social visit:

      we paid a call on Howard
      Synonym : visit, social call
    • 9. 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
    • 10. an 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
    • 11. demand or need for (goods or services):

      there was little call for work as sophisticated as his
    • 12. 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
      Synonym : summons, request
    • 13. a vocation:

      feeling the call to ministry, I started looking for a Bible college
    • 14. a powerful force of attraction:

      hikers can't resist the call of the Sierras
      Synonym : attraction, appeal, lure, allure, allurement, fascination, seductiveness, magic, beauty, spell, pull, draw
    • 15. (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
    • 16. 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
    • 17. a command to execute a subroutine:

      parameter values may be changed by calls to a special purpose input specification subroutine
    • 18. a demand for payment of lent or unpaid capital.

    • 19. short for call option

    • 20. (in a bar, club, etc.) denoting or made with relatively expensive brands of liquor which customers request by name.

      $6 call liquor drinks
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: call, plural noun: calls

    • v.: verb: call, 3rd person present: calls, gerund or present participle: calling, past tense: called, past participle: called

    • verb

      give (a baby or animal) a specified name:

      have a specified name:

    • noun

      a cry made as a summons or to attract someone's attention:

      a series of notes sounded on a brass instrument as a signal to do something:

    • noun

      the loud cries or shouts of an animal or person:

      a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation:

    • noun

      the action or sound of calling:

      a strong urge towards a particular way of life or career; a vocation:

    • make necessary

      publicly ask for or demand

    • noun

      an instance of being summoned, especially in order to deal with an emergency or to do repairs:

      a letter, word, number, or symbol identifying an illustration or a specific part of one.

    • pay a visit to (someone)

      have recourse to

    • noun

      the process of calling out a list of names to establish who is present.

      a list or group of people or things that are notable in some specified way:

    • noun

      a radio or television program during which the listeners or viewers telephone the studio and participate.

      denoting something conducted by people leaving answers or messages by telephone:

    • verb

      make an unsolicited call on (someone), by telephone or in person, in an attempt to sell goods or services:
    • noun

      an unsolicited visit or telephone call made by someone trying to sell goods or services:
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