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1 a telephone connection; "she reported several anonymous calls"; "he placed a phone call to London"; "he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call" [syn: phone call, telephone call]
2 a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
3 a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: cry, outcry, yell, shout, vociferation]
4 a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty" [syn: claim]
5 the characteristic sound produced by a bird; "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age" [syn: birdcall, birdsong, song]
6 a brief social visit; "senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"
7 a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement [syn: margin call]
8 a demand for a show of hands in a card game; "after two raises there was a call"
9 a request; "many calls for Christmas stories"; "not many calls for buggywhips"
10 an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
11 brief visit in an official or professional capacity; "the pastor's visits to his parishioners"; "a visit to a dentist"; "the salesman's call on a customer"
12 (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; "he was ejected for protesting the call"
13 the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date [syn: call option] [ant: put option]


1 assign a specified, proper name to; "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader" [syn: name]
2 get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" [syn: telephone, call up, phone, ring]
3 ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality; "He called me a bastard"; "She called her children lazy and ungrateful"
4 order, request, or command to come; "She was called into the director's office"; "Call the police!" [syn: send for]
5 utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout, shout out, cry, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall]
6 pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens" [syn: visit, call in]
7 call a meeting; invite or command to meet; "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"; "The new dean calls meetings every week"
8 order or request or give a command for; "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
9 order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role; "He was already called 4 times for jury duty"; "They called him to active military duty"
10 indicate a decision in regard to; "call balls and strikes behind the plate"
11 stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
12 read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; "Call roll"
13 send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message; "Hawaii is calling!"; "A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"
14 declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; "call a runner out"
15 utter a characteristic note or cry; "bluejays called to one another"
16 utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"
17 make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election" [syn: predict, foretell, prognosticate, forebode, anticipate, promise]
18 challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; "He deserves to be called on that"
19 consider or regard as being; "I would not call her beautiful"
20 demand payment of (a loan); "Call a loan" [syn: call in]
21 give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance [syn: call off]
22 greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; "He always addresses me with `Sir'"; "Call me Mister"; "She calls him by first name" [syn: address]
23 make a stop in a harbour; "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
24 make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump" [syn: bid]
25 require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; "Call a bond"
26 lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; "Call ducks"
27 challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; "call the speaker on a question of fact"
28 rouse somebody from sleep with a call; "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"

User Contributed Dictionary




  • /kɔːɫ/, /kO:5/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl


  1. A telephone conversation.
    I received several phone calls today.
    I received several calls today.
  2. A social visit.
    I paid a call to a dear friend of mine.
  3. A cry or shout.
    He heard a call from the other side of the room.
  4. The characteristic cry of a bird.
    That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.
  5. A beckoning or summoning.
    I had to yield to the call of the wild.
  6. : A contract to buy stock (See stock_option for further reading); compare put.
  7. The act of calling to the other batsman.
  8. The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
  9. An overnight duty in the hospital.
  10. The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point.
  11. A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
    There was a 20 dollar bet on the table, and my call was 9.


telephone conversation
social visit
cry or shout
  • Finnish: huuto
  • French: appel
  • German: Ruf
  • Hebrew: קריאה (qri'a)
  • Italian: urlo
  • Japanese: 呼び声, よびごえ (yobigoe); 叫び, さけび (sakebi)
  • Korean: 외침 (oechim)
  • Kurdish: بانگ
  • Portuguese: chamada, grito
  • Russian: крик
  • Slovene: klic
  • Spanish: grito
  • Swahili: kilio
  • Swedish: rop
characteristic cry of a bird
beckoning or summoning
(finance): contract to buy stock
(medicine): overnight duty in the hospital


  1. To request, summon, or beckon.
    That person is hurt, call for help!
  2. To cry or shout.
    I can't see you. Call out to me so I can find you.
  3. To contact by telephone.
    Why don't you call me in the morning.
  4. To pay a social visit.
    We could always call on a friend.
  5. To name or refer to.
    Why don't we dispense with the formalities. Please call me Al.
  6. (reflexively: to be called) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name.
    I'm called John.
    A very tall building is called a skyscraper.
  7. (of a batsman): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they shoud take a run.
  8. (of a fielder): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch (thus avoiding collisions.)
  9. : To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet.
  10. (with an object preceded by the preposition for) To require, demand.
    This job calls for patience.
  11. To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
    My partner called 2 spades.
to request, summon, or beckon
to cry or shout
to contact by telephone
to pay a social visit
to name or refer to
to be called
to shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they shoud take a run
to shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch thus avoiding collisions
to match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet
to require, demand
to state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on

Extensive Definition

Call may mean:
call in German: Call
call in Japanese: コール
call in Norwegian Nynorsk: Call
call in Polish: Call

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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