Definitions of call:
- noun: (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
Example: "He was ejected for protesting the call"
- noun: brief visit in an official or professional capacity
Example: "The salesman's call on a customer"
- noun: a brief social visit
Example: "Senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"
- noun: a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
Example: "He was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
- noun: a telephone connection
Example: "She reported several anonymous calls"
- noun: an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
Example: "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
- noun: a request
Example: "Many calls for Christmas stories"
- noun: a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
- noun: a demand for a show of hands in a card game
Example: "After two raises there was a call"
- noun: the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
- noun: the characteristic sound produced by a bird
- noun: a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
- noun: a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
- verb: demand payment of (a loan)
Example: "Call a loan"
- verb: call a meeting; invite or command to meet
Example: "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"
- verb: make a stop in a harbour
Example: "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
- verb: stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
Example: "Call a football game"
- verb: consider or regard as being
Example: "I would not call her beautiful"
- verb: challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
Example: "Call the speaker on a question of fact"
- verb: utter in a loud voice or announce
Example: "He called my name"
- verb: order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
Example: "He was already called 4 times for jury duty"
- verb: order or request or give a command for
Example: "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
- verb: lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
Example: "Call ducks"
- verb: get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
Example: "I tried to call you all night"
- verb: order, request, or command to come
Example: "She was called into the director's office"
- verb: declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
Example: "Call a runner out"
- verb: challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
Example: "He deserves to be called on that"
- verb: require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
Example: "Call a bond"
- verb: ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
Example: "He called me a bastard"
- verb: utter a characteristic note or cry
Example: "Bluejays called to one another"
- verb: send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
Example: "Hawaii is calling!"
- verb: read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
Example: "Call roll"
- verb: indicate a decision in regard to
Example: "Call balls and strikes behind the plate"
- verb: rouse somebody from sleep with a call
Example: "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"
- verb: give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
- verb: make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
Example: "He called his trump"
- verb: greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
Example: "Call me Mister"
- verb: assign a specified, proper name to
- verb: pay a brief visit
Example: "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
- verb: utter a sudden loud cry
- verb: make a prediction about; tell in advance
Example: "Call the outcome of an election"
- name: A surname (common: 1 in 16666 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #1974)
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