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call

[kawl] /kɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cry out in a loud voice; shout:
He called her name to see if she was home.
2.
to command or request to come; summon:
to call a dog; to call a cab; to call a witness.
3.
to ask or invite to come:
Will you call the family to dinner?
4.
to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone:
Call me when you arrive.
5.
to rouse from sleep, as by a call; waken:
Call me at eight o'clock.
6.
to read over (a roll or a list) in a loud voice.
7.
to convoke or convene:
to call Congress into session.
8.
to announce authoritatively; proclaim:
to call a halt.
9.
to order into effect; establish:
to call a strike.
10.
to schedule:
to call a rehearsal.
11.
to summon by or as if by divine command:
He felt called to the ministry.
12.
to summon to an office, duty, etc.:
His country called him to the colors.
13.
to cause to come; bring:
to call to mind; to call into existence.
14.
to bring under consideration or discussion:
The judge called the case to court.
15.
to attract or lure (birds or animals) by imitating characteristic sounds.
16.
to direct or attract (attention):
He called his roommate's attention to the mess.
17.
to name or address (someone) as:
His parents named him James, but the boys call him Jim.
18.
to designate as something specified:
He called me a liar.
19.
to think of as something specified; consider; estimate:
I call that a mean remark.
20.
to demand of (someone) that he or she fulfill a promise, furnish evidence for a statement, etc.:
They called him on his story.
21.
to criticize adversely; express disapproval of; censure (often followed by out):
She called him on his vulgar language.
22.
to demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan).
23.
to demand presentation of (bonds) for redemption.
24.
to forecast correctly:
He has called the outcome of the last three elections.
25.
Sports.
  1. to pronounce a judgment on (a shot, pitch, batter, etc.):
    The umpire called the pitch a strike.
  2. 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.
26.
Pool. to name (the ball) one intends to drive into a particular pocket.
27.
(in a computer program) to transfer control of to a procedure or subroutine.
28.
Cards.
  1. to demand (a card).
  2. to demand the display of a hand by (a player).
  3. Poker. to equal (a bet) or equal the bet made by (the preceding bettor) in a round.
  4. Bridge. to signal one's partner for a lead of (a certain card or suit).
verb (used without object)
29.
to speak loudly, as to attract attention; shout; cry:
She called to the children.
30.
to make a short visit; stop at a place on some errand or business:
She called at the store for the package.
31.
to telephone or try to telephone a person:
He promised to call at noon.
32.
Cards.
  1. to demand a card.
  2. to demand a showing of hands.
  3. Poker. to equal a bet.
  4. Bridge. to bid or pass.
33.
(of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry.
noun
34.
a cry or shout.
35.
the cry or vocal sound of a bird or other animal.
36.
an instrument for imitating this cry and attracting or luring an animal:
He bought a duck call.
37.
an act or instance of telephoning:
She went into the next room to place her call.
38.
a short visit:
to make a call on someone.
39.
a summons or signal sounded by a bugle, bell, etc.:
We live so close to the fort that we can hear the bugle calls.
40.
a summons, invitation, or bidding:
The students gathered at the call of the dean.
41.
a calling of a roll; roll call.
42.
the fascination or appeal of a given place, vocation, etc.:
the call of the sea.
43.
a mystic experience of divine appointment to a vocation or service:
He had a call to become a minister.
44.
a request or invitation to become pastor of a church, a professor in a university, etc.
45.
a need or occasion:
He had no call to say such outrageous things.
46.
a demand or claim:
to make a call on a person's time.
47.
a demand for payment of an obligation, especially where payment is at the option of the creditor.
48.
Cards.
  1. a demand for a card or a showing of hands.
  2. Poker. an equaling of the preceding bet.
  3. Bridge. a bid or pass.
49.
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.
50.
Theater.
  1. a notice of rehearsal posted by the stage manager.
  2. act call.
  3. curtain call.
51.
Dance. a figure or direction in square dancing, announced to the dancers by the caller.
52.
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).
53.
Fox Hunting. any of several cries, or sounds made on a horn by the hunter to encourage the hounds.
Verb phrases
54.
call away, to cause to leave or go; summon:
A death in the family called him away.
55.
call back,
  1. to summon or bring back; recall:
    He called back the messenger. The actor was called back for a second audition.
  2. to revoke; retract:
    to call back an accusation.
56.
call down,
  1. to request or pray for; invoke:
    to call down the wrath of God.
  2. to reprimand; scold:
    The boss called us down for lateness.
57.
call for,
  1. to go or come to get; pick up; fetch.
  2. to request; summon.
  3. to require; demand; need:
    The occasion calls for a cool head.
58.
call forth, to summon into action; bring into existence:
to call forth her courage and resolve.
59.
call in,
  1. to call for payment; collect.
  2. to withdraw from circulation:
    to call in gold certificates.
  3. to call upon for consultation; ask for help:
    Two specialists were called in to assist in the operation.
  4. to inform or report by telephone:
    Did he call in his decision this morning?
  5. to participate in a radio or television program by telephone.
60.
call in/into question. question (def 17).
61.
call off,
  1. to distract; take away:
    Please call off your dog.
  2. to cancel (something) that had been planned for a certain date:
    The performance was called off because of rain.
62.
call on/upon,
  1. to ask; appeal to:
    They called on him to represent them.
  2. to visit for a short time:
    to call on friends.
63.
call out,
  1. to speak in a loud voice; shout.
  2. to summon into service or action:
    Call out the militia!
  3. to bring out; elicit:
    The emergency called out her hidden abilities.
  4. to direct attention to with a callout:
    to call out each detail in an illustration.
  5. Informal. to challenge to a fight.
64.
call up,
  1. to bring forward for consideration or discussion.
  2. to cause to remember; evoke.
  3. to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone.
  4. to summon for action or service:
    A large number of Army reservists were called up.
  5. Computers. to summon (information) from a computer system for display on a video screen:
    She called up the full text.
Idioms
65.
call in sick. sick1 (def 14).
66.
call to order. order (def 48).
67.
on call,
  1. payable or subject to return without advance notice.
  2. readily available for summoning upon short notice.
68.
take a call, to acknowledge the applause of the audience after a performance by appearing for a bow or a curtain call.
69.
within call, within distance or range of being spoken to or summoned:
Please stay within call.
Origin
late Middle English
1200-1250
1200-50; late Middle English callen, probably < Old Norse kalla to call out, conflated with Old English (West Saxon) ceallian to shout; cognate with Middle Dutch kallen to talk, Old High German kallôn to shout, akin to Old English -calla herald, Irish gall swan, OCS glasŭ voice
Related forms
uncalled, adjective
well-called, adjective
Can be confused
call, caul, cull (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
2, 3, 12. Call, invite, summon imply requesting the presence or attendance of someone at a particular place. Call is the general word: to call a meeting. To invite is to ask someone courteously to come as a guest, a participant, etc., leaving the person free to refuse: to invite guests to a concert; to invite them to contribute to a fund. Summon implies sending for someone, using authority or formality in making the request and (theoretically) not leaving the person free to refuse: to summon a witness, members of a committee, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for calls out

call

/kɔːl/
verb
1.
(often foll by out) to speak or utter (words, sounds, etc) loudly so as to attract attention he called out her name
2.
(transitive) to ask or order to come to call a policeman
3.
(intransitive) sometimes foll by on. to make a visit (to) she called on him
4.
(often foll by up) to telephone (a person) he called back at nine
5.
(transitive) to summon to a specific office, profession, etc he was called to the ministry
6.
(of animals or birds) to utter (a characteristic sound or cry)
7.
(transitive) to summon (a bird or animal) by imitating its cry
8.
(transitive) to name or style they called the dog Rover
9.
(transitive) to designate they called him a coward
10.
(transitive) (Brit, dialect) to speak ill of or scold
11.
(transitive) to regard in a specific way I call it a foolish waste of time
12.
(transitive) to attract (attention)
13.
(transitive) to read (a list, register, etc) aloud to check for omissions or absentees
14.
when tr, usually foll by for. to give an order (for) to call a strike
15.
(intransitive) to try to predict the result of tossing a coin
16.
(transitive) to awaken I was called early this morning
17.
(transitive) to cause to assemble to call a meeting
18.
(transitive) (sport) (of an umpire, referee, etc) to pass judgment upon (a shot, player, etc) with a call
19.
(transitive) (Austral & NZ) to broadcast a commentary on (a horse race or other sporting event)
20.
(transitive) to demand repayment of (a loan, redeemable bond, security, etc)
21.
(accounting) (transitive) often foll by up. to demand payment of (a portion of a share issue not yet paid by subscribers)
22.
(transitive) (Brit) to award (a student at an Inn of Court) the degree of barrister (esp in the phrase call to the bar)
23.
(transitive) (computing) to transfer control to (a named subprogram)
24.
(transitive) (poker) to demand that (a player) expose his hand, after equalling his bet
25.
(intransitive) (bridge) to make a bid
26.
(in square-dancing) to call out (instructions) to the dancers
27.
(billiards) to ask (a player) to say what kind of shot he will play or (of a player) to name his shot
28.
(intransitive) foll by for
  1. to require this problem calls for study
  2. to come or go (for) in order to fetch I will call for my book later
29.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to make an appeal or request (to) they called upon him to reply
30.
(transitive) to predict the outcome of an event we don't know yet if the plan has succeeded because it's too soon to call
31.
call into being, to create
32.
call into play, to begin to operate
33.
call in question, call into question, See question (sense 12)
34.
call it a day, to stop work or other activity
35.
too close to call, (of the outcome of a competition, election, match, etc) unable to be predicted
36.
call to mind, to remember or cause to be remembered
noun
37.
a cry or shout
38.
the characteristic cry of a bird or animal
39.
a device, such as a whistle, intended to imitate the cry of a bird or animal
40.
a summons or invitation
41.
a summons or signal sounded on a horn, bugle, etc
42.
(hunting) any of several notes or patterns of notes, blown on a hunting horn as a signal
43.
(hunting)
  1. an imitation of the characteristic cry of a wild animal or bird to lure it to the hunter
  2. an instrument for producing such an imitation
44.
a short visit the doctor made six calls this morning
45.
an inner urge to some task or profession; vocation
46.
allure or fascination, esp of a place the call of the forest
47.
(Brit) the summons to the bar of a student member of an Inn of Court
48.
need, demand, or occasion there is no call to shout, we don't get much call for stockings these days
49.
demand or claim (esp in the phrase the call of duty)
50.
(theatre) a notice to actors informing them of times of rehearsals
51.
(in square dancing) an instruction to execute new figures
52.
a conversation or a request for a connection by telephone
53.
(commerce)
  1. a demand for repayment of a loan
  2. (as modifier) call money
54.
(finance)
  1. a demand for redeemable bonds or shares to be presented for repayment
  2. a demand for an instalment payment on the issue price of bonds or shares
55.
(billiards) a demand to an opponent to say what kind of shot he will play
56.
(poker) a demand for a hand or hands to be exposed
57.
(bridge) a bid, or a player's turn to bid
58.
a decision or judgment it's your call
59.
(sport) a decision of an umpire or referee regarding a shot, pitch, etc
60.
(Austral) a broadcast commentary on a horse race or other sporting event
61.
(stock exchange) Also called call option. an option to buy a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified period Compare put (sense 20)
62.
See roll call
63.
(stock exchange) call for margin, a demand made by a stockbroker for partial payment of a client's debt due to decreasing value of the collateral
64.
call of nature, See nature (sense 16)
65.
on call
  1. (of a loan, etc) repayable on demand
  2. available to be called for work outside normal working hours
66.
within call, within range; accessible
Word Origin
Old English ceallian; related to Old Norse kalla, Old High German kallōn, Old Slavonic glasǔ voice
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Word Origin and History for calls out

call

v.

Old English ceallian "to call, shout," less common than clipian; replaced by related Old Norse kalla "to cry loudly," from Proto-Germanic *kallojanan (cf. Dutch kallen "to talk," Old High German kallon "to call"), from PIE root *gal- "to call, scream, shriek, shout" (cf. Sanskrit garhati "bewail, criticize;" Latin gallus "cock;" Old High German klaga, German Klage "complaint, grievance, lament, accusation;" Old English clacu "affront;" Old Church Slavonic glasu "voice," glagolu "word;" Welsh galw "call"). Related: Called; calling.

Meaning "to give a name to" is mid-13c. Coin-toss sense is from 1801. Meaning "to visit" (Middle English) was literally "to stand at the door and call." Telephone/telegraph sense is from 1889. To call out someone to fight (1823) corresponds to French provoqueur. To call it a day is from 1834.

n.

early 14c., from call (v.). Sense of "a short formal visit" is from 1862.

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Slang definitions & phrases for calls out

call

noun

A decision: It was my call

Related Terms

cattle call, close shave

[1980s+; fr the playing decisions of managers, quarterbacks, etc, and the officiating decisions of umpires, referees, etc]


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calls out in the Bible

(1.) To cry for help, hence to pray (Gen. 4:26). Thus men are said to "call upon the name of the Lord" (Acts 2:21; 7:59; 9:14; Rom. 10:12; 1 Cor. 1:2). (2.) God calls with respect to men when he designates them to some special office (Ex. 31:2; Isa. 22:20; Acts 13:2), and when he invites them to accept his offered grace (Matt. 9:13; 11:28; 22:4). In the message of the gospel his call is addressed to all men, to Jews and Gentiles alike (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Rom. 9:24, 25). But this universal call is not inseparably connected with salvation, although it leaves all to whom it comes inexcusable if they reject it (John 3:14-19; Matt. 22:14). An effectual call is something more than the outward message of the Word of God to men. It is internal, and is the result of the enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (John 16:14; Acts 26: 18; John 6:44), effectually drawing men to Christ, and disposing and enabling them to receive the truth (John 6:45; Acts 16:14; Eph. 1:17).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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