to call for payment; collect: The family struggled because her father was unwilling to call in the debts owed to him.
to call upon for consultation; ask for help: Management called in an independent engineering firm to determine the cause behind the roof collapse.
to inform, report, or request by telephone: The electric company will reward customers with a credit if they call in their own meter readings.Your doctor can call in the prescription to your local pharmacy.
to participate in a meeting or a radio or television program by telephone:The listeners who call in to my talk show about science ask the most intriguing questions.
to visit: We were instructed to call in to the office later to pay and complete the formal paperwork.
to withdraw from circulation:The country’s leader issued a proclamation calling in all gold coins and gold certificates.
Radio and Television. a program in which listeners or viewers phone in comments or questions to the host or a person being interviewed.
Radio and Television. a live telephone conversation intended for broadcasting between a program's host and a person being interviewed.
Radio and Television. relating to or featuring such phone calls or conversations: My call-in program about gardening airs once a week on the local public radio station.
being or relating to a meeting, service, etc., that is accessed by telephone:The agenda will be sent out the morning of the meeting, along with all the call-in numbers needed.The grant funds a call-in hotline for low-income residents in the metro area.
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How to use call in in a sentence
During his call-in show, by the way, he casually admitted that they were, in fact, Russian soldiers.Why Snowden’s ‘Challenge’ to Putin on Russian Surveillance Doesn’t Matter | Cathy Young | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then a call-in card was sent to him—this was a message card by mail 5-3-63.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I lay in bed and listened to a late-night call-in radio show.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for call in
(intr often foll by on) to pay a visit, esp a brief or informal one: call in if you are in the neighbourhood
(tr) to demand payment of: to call in a loan
(tr) to take (something) out of circulation, because it is defective or no longer useful
(tr) to summon to one's assistance: they had to call in a specialist
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Other Idioms and Phrases with call in
Summon for help or consultation, as in We've decided to call in a specialist to look at Father. [Second half of 1600s]
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