verb (used with object)
- 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).
verb (used without object)
- 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 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.
- to request or pray for; invoke: to call down the wrath of God.
- to reprimand; scold: The boss called us down for lateness.
- to go or come to get; pick up; fetch.
- to request; summon.
- to require; demand; need: The occasion calls for a cool head.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- payable or subject to return without advance notice.
- readily available for summoning upon short notice.
Origin of call
Related formsun·called, adjectivewell-called, adjective
Examples from the Web for called
The governor of Punjab province, a Muslim man, called publicly for leniency for her.
Grindr introduced the feature themselves in October the same year and called it ‘tribes.’
We just saw an edit of one called, “Doug Becomes A Feminist,” and I just really enjoyed watching it.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio.
This is the Mexico that has been called a “failed state” — most recently by Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the president of Uruguay.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He next dropped his name of Malagigi, because it had been given him by the devils in council, and called himself Onofrio.Castellinaria|Henry Festing Jones
And you are very intimate, I suppose, as she called you by your Christian name?
I really saw little of him as, whenever he called at the house, he came to see one or the other of my daughters, or both.The Red Seal|Natalie Sumner Lincoln
It is not the same disease which is called gapes in chickens.Ducks and Geese|Harry M. Lamon
As those words were said, you might have seen at once why Lady Montfort was called haughty and reserved.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for called
- 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
Idioms and Phrases with called
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