- 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.
- 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).
- to demand a card.
- to demand a showing of hands.
- Poker. to equal a bet.
- Bridge. to bid or pass.
- a demand for a card or a showing of hands.
- Poker. an equaling of the preceding bet.
- Bridge. a bid or pass.
- to request or pray for; invoke: to call down the wrath of God.
- to reprimand; scold: The boss called us down for lateness.
- 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.
- 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.
- to ask; appeal to: They called on him to represent them.
- to visit for a short time: to call on friends.
- 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 screen: She called up the full text.
Idioms about call
- payable or subject to return without advance notice.
- readily available for summoning upon short notice.
Origin of call
synonym study for call
OTHER WORDS FROM callun·called, adjectivewell-called, adjective
Words nearby call
How to use call in a sentence
Note: UNICOR uses its inmates for everything from call center operators to human demolishers of old computers.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the Mexico that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and most major U.S. corporations, are eager to call amigo.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.
Who else would see a former spouse accused of underage sex and call him ‘the greatest man there is’?
Almost everyone I spoke to said they have used JSwipe because they are specifically not just looking for a booty call.
Everything is topsy-turvy in Europe according to our moral ideas, and they don't have what we call "men" over here.
It was like his beautiful courtesy to call me in and introduce me to Blow instead of letting me go away.
After an hour, however, he reached this decision: He would not go to or call up Mrs. Merley.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
"I call you," the policeman said, and stripping the saddle and bridle from his sweaty horse, turned him loose to graze.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Each did his duty, or was adjured to do it, in the "state of life to which it had pleased God to call him."The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for call
- to requirethis problem calls for study
- to come or go (for) in order to fetchI will call for my book later
- an imitation of the characteristic cry of a wild animal or bird to lure it to the hunter
- an instrument for producing such an imitation
- a demand for repayment of a loan
- (as modifier)call money
- a demand for redeemable bonds or shares to be presented for repayment
- a demand for an instalment payment on the issue price of bonds or shares
- (of a loan, etc) repayable on demand
- available to be called for work outside normal working hours
Word Origin for call
Other Idioms and Phrases with call
In addition to the idioms beginning with call
- call a halt
- call a spade a spade
- call back
- call down
- call for
- call in
- call in question
- call in sick
- call it a day
- call it quits
- call names
- call of duty
- call off
- call of nature
- call on
- call one's own
- call on the carpet
- call out
- call someone's bluff
- call the shots
- call the tune
- call to account
- call to mind
- call to order
- call up
- call upon
- above and beyond (the call of duty)
- at someone's beck and call
- close call
- dressing (calling) down
- no call for
- on call
- pay a call
- pot calling the kettle black
- too close to call
- uncalled for
- wake-up call
- within call