- to cry out in a loud voice; shout: He called her name to see if she was home.
- to command or request to come; summon: to call a dog; to call a cab; to call a witness.
- to ask or invite to come: Will you call the family to dinner?
- to communicate or try to communicate with by telephone: Call me when you arrive.
- to rouse from sleep, as by a call; waken: Call me at eight o'clock.
- to read over (a roll or a list) in a loud voice.
- to convoke or convene: to call Congress into session.
- to announce authoritatively; proclaim: to call a halt.
- to order into effect; establish: to call a strike.
- to schedule: to call a rehearsal.
- to summon by or as if by divine command: He felt called to the ministry.
- to summon to an office, duty, etc.: His country called him to the colors.
- to cause to come; bring: to call to mind; to call into existence.
- to bring under consideration or discussion: The judge called the case to court.
- to attract or lure (birds or animals) by imitating characteristic sounds.
- to direct or attract (attention): He called his roommate's attention to the mess.
- to name or address (someone) as: His parents named him James, but the boys call him Jim.
- to designate as something specified: He called me a liar.
- to think of as something specified; consider; estimate: I call that a mean remark.
- to demand of (someone) that he or she fulfill a promise, furnish evidence for a statement, etc.: They called him on his story.
- to criticize adversely; express disapproval of; censure (often followed by out): She called him on his vulgar language.
- to demand payment or fulfillment of (a loan).
- to demand presentation of (bonds) for redemption.
- to forecast correctly: He has called the outcome of the last three elections.
- Sports. (of an official)
- 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.
- Pool. to name (the ball) one intends to drive into a particular pocket.
- (in a computer program) to transfer control of to a procedure or subroutine.
- 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 speak loudly, as to attract attention; shout; cry: She called to the children.
- to make a short visit; stop at a place on some errand or business: She called at the store for the package.
- to telephone or try to telephone a person: He promised to call at noon.
- to demand a card.
- to demand a showing of hands.
- Poker.to equal a bet.
- Bridge.to bid or pass.
- (of a bird or animal) to utter its characteristic cry.
- a cry or shout.
- the cry or vocal sound of a bird or other animal.
- an instrument for imitating this cry and attracting or luring an animal: He bought a duck call.
- an act or instance of telephoning: She went into the next room to place her call.
- a short visit: to make a call on someone.
- a summons or signal sounded by a bugle, bell, etc.: We live so close to the fort that we can hear the bugle calls.
- a summons, invitation, or bidding: The students gathered at the call of the dean.
- a calling of a roll; roll call.
- the fascination or appeal of a given place, vocation, etc.: the call of the sea.
- a mystic experience of divine appointment to a vocation or service: He had a call to become a minister.
- a request or invitation to become pastor of a church, a professor in a university, etc.
- a need or occasion: He had no call to say such outrageous things.
- a demand or claim: to make a call on a person's time.
- a demand for payment of an obligation, especially where payment is at the option of the creditor.
- a demand for a card or a showing of hands.
- Poker.an equaling of the preceding bet.
- Bridge.a bid or pass.
- 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.
- Dance. a figure or direction in square dancing, announced to the dancers by the caller.
- 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).
- Fox Hunting. any of several cries, or sounds made on a horn by the hunter to encourage the hounds.
- call away, to cause to leave or go; summon: A death in the family called him away.
- call back,
- to summon or bring back; recall: He called back the messenger. The actor was called back for a second audition.
- to revoke; retract: to call back an accusation.
- call down,
- to request or pray for; invoke: to call down the wrath of God.
- to reprimand; scold: The boss called us down for lateness.
- call for,
- to go or come to get; pick up; fetch.
- to request; summon.
- to require; demand; need: The occasion calls for a cool head.
- call forth, to summon into action; bring into existence: to call forth her courage and resolve.
- call in,
- 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.
- call in/into question. question(def 17).
- call off,
- 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.
- call on/upon,
- to ask; appeal to: They called on him to represent them.
- to visit for a short time: to call on friends.
- call out,
- to speak in a loud voice; shout.
- to summon into service or action: Call out the militia!
- to bring out; elicit: The emergency called out her hidden abilities.
- to direct attention to with a callout: to call out each detail in an illustration.
- Informal.to challenge to a fight.
- call up,
- 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 video screen: She called up the full text.
- call in sick. sick1(def 15).
- call to order. order(def 48).
- on call,
- payable or subject to return without advance notice.
- readily available for summoning upon short notice.
- take a call, to acknowledge the applause of the audience after a performance by appearing for a bow or a curtain call.
- within call, within distance or range of being spoken to or summoned: Please stay within call.
Origin of call
Related Words for call-downrejection, affront, snub, cut, disdain, inattention, discourtesy, put-down, rebuff, contempt, disregard, indifference, neglect, kick, brush-off, call-down
Examples from the Web for call-down
Historical Examples of call-down
Never gives me any call-down for shuntin' him off the way I did and makin' him miss most of the show.Torchy
We had a call-down from our Captain and have been looking for a chance to apologize.The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest
He got a call-down for that accident—and this matter on top of it has made him sore.When Egypt Went Broke
Throw out your chest and look happy when you get a call-down.The Khaki Boys at Camp Sterling
He waited at home and gave me a love of a call-down for my dissipation.We Can't Have Everything
- (often foll by out) to speak or utter (words, sounds, etc) loudly so as to attract attentionhe called out her name
- (tr) to ask or order to cometo call a policeman
- (intr sometimes foll by on) to make a visit (to)she called on him
- (often foll by up) to telephone (a person)he called back at nine
- (tr) to summon to a specific office, profession, etche was called to the ministry
- (of animals or birds) to utter (a characteristic sound or cry)
- (tr) to summon (a bird or animal) by imitating its cry
- (tr) to name or stylethey called the dog Rover
- (tr) to designatethey called him a coward
- (tr) British dialect to speak ill of or scold
- (tr) to regard in a specific wayI call it a foolish waste of time
- (tr) to attract (attention)
- (tr) to read (a list, register, etc) aloud to check for omissions or absentees
- (when tr, usually foll by for) to give an order (for)to call a strike
- (intr) to try to predict the result of tossing a coin
- (tr) to awakenI was called early this morning
- (tr) to cause to assembleto call a meeting
- (tr) sport (of an umpire, referee, etc) to pass judgment upon (a shot, player, etc) with a call
- (tr) Australian and NZ to broadcast a commentary on (a horse race or other sporting event)
- (tr) to demand repayment of (a loan, redeemable bond, security, etc)
- (tr often foll by up) accounting to demand payment of (a portion of a share issue not yet paid by subscribers)
- (tr) British to award (a student at an Inn of Court) the degree of barrister (esp in the phrase call to the bar)
- (tr) computing to transfer control to (a named subprogram)
- (tr) poker to demand that (a player) expose his hand, after equalling his bet
- (intr) bridge to make a bid
- (in square-dancing) to call out (instructions) to the dancers
- billiards to ask (a player) to say what kind of shot he will play or (of a player) to name his shot
- (intr foll by for)
- to requirethis problem calls for study
- to come or go (for) in order to fetchI will call for my book later
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to make an appeal or request (to)they called upon him to reply
- (tr) to predict the outcome of an eventwe don't know yet if the plan has succeeded because it's too soon to call
- call into being to create
- call into play to begin to operate
- call in question or call into question See question (def. 12)
- call it a day to stop work or other activity
- too close to call (of the outcome of a competition, election, match, etc) unable to be predicted
- call to mind to remember or cause to be remembered
- a cry or shout
- the characteristic cry of a bird or animal
- a device, such as a whistle, intended to imitate the cry of a bird or animal
- a summons or invitation
- a summons or signal sounded on a horn, bugle, etc
- hunting any of several notes or patterns of notes, blown on a hunting horn as a signal
- 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 short visitthe doctor made six calls this morning
- an inner urge to some task or profession; vocation
- allure or fascination, esp of a placethe call of the forest
- British the summons to the bar of a student member of an Inn of Court
- need, demand, or occasionthere is no call to shout; we don't get much call for stockings these days
- demand or claim (esp in the phrase the call of duty)
- theatre a notice to actors informing them of times of rehearsals
- (in square dancing) an instruction to execute new figures
- a conversation or a request for a connection by telephone
- 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
- billiards a demand to an opponent to say what kind of shot he will play
- poker a demand for a hand or hands to be exposed
- bridge a bid, or a player's turn to bid
- a decision or judgmentit's your call
- sport a decision of an umpire or referee regarding a shot, pitch, etc
- Australian a broadcast commentary on a horse race or other sporting event
- Also called: call option stock exchange an option to buy a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified periodCompare put (def. 20)
- See roll call
- call for margin stock exchange a demand made by a stockbroker for partial payment of a client's debt due to decreasing value of the collateral
- call of nature See nature (def. 16)
- on call
- (of a loan, etc) repayable on demand
- available to be called for work outside normal working hours
- within call within range; accessible
Word Origin for call
early 14c., from call (v.). Sense of "a short formal visit" is from 1862.
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.
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