- 1 [with object] Cry out to (someone) in order to summon them or attract their attention: she heard Terry calling her [no object]: I distinctly heard you callMore example sentences
- After all, she had managed well enough the previous night, and calling a servant may draw attention to her presence.
- His wife must have picked up the phone, because for a while the silence of the phone resounded in his ears, and then he heard her calling the girl from upstairs.
- One afternoon in 1999, I was dozing when I heard my maternal grandmother calling me.
- 1.1Cry out (a word or words): he heard an insistent voice calling his name Meredith was already calling out a greetingMore example sentences
- Standing up, I cupped my hands around my mouth, raising my voice before calling out his name.
- It wasn't until he heard a woman's voice calling out his name that he snapped out of his semi-impervious trance.
- You might think I have a lot of nerve calling out this word.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of an animal, especially a bird) make its characteristic cry.More example sentences
- She loved this part of the morning, the sunrise, the birds calling, the routine of feeding the animals, doing what she did best.
- The birds kept calling as they shuffled about, and I tried my best to let the sound sink into my brain.
- So next time the sun is shining and the birds are calling, go outside to broaden your exercise routine.
- 1.3Shout out or chant (the steps and figures) to people performing a square dance or country dance.More example sentences
- Listen to the music and of course, listen to the leader calling the steps.
- The caller walks everyone through the dance moves before they are put to music, and continues calling the steps until they are familiar enough so that the dancers do not need to have them repeated.
- The Squire leads the side and calls the figures of the dances from within the set.
- 1.4Telephone (a person or telephone number): could I call you back?More example sentences
- The first day he came to camp, he got my telephone number, called me, and invited me to camp.
- She actually called him on her telephone before her husband arrived in the ambulance from the home.
- I have never met my father and finally called him on the telephone about two years ago for the first time.
- 1.5Summon (something, especially an emergency service or a taxicab) by telephone: if you are suspicious, call the policeMore example sentences
- He went to a telephone box and called an ambulance.
- He said the Essex Air Ambulance was called but was unable to attend.
- The Welsh Air Ambulance was called to the scene, but was unable to land nearby because of woodland in the area.
- 1.6Bring (a witness) into court to give evidence.More example sentences
- He was a major player in the story put before the court but was not called as a witness.
- In this case, the person to whom statements were made out of Court was not called as a witness.
- Once the parties have responded, witnesses will be called to give evidence at public hearings likely to begin next month.
- 1.7 [with object and infinitive] • archaic Inspire or urge (someone) to do something: I am called to preach the GospelMore example sentences
- I was 19 years old when I first heard God calling me to religious life.
- They have been called to be witnesses for God.
- I personally find joy in the work I have been called to do.
- 1.8Fix a date or time for (a meeting, strike, or election).More example sentences
- No mass meetings have been called, and no strikes or industrial action have taken place.
- The tube union calls a strike for election day - putting in jeopardy the mayoralty of the one candidate who doesn't routinely reject them.
- Today's political leaders study long and hard which date to call a General Election.
- 1.9 [no object] Guess the outcome of tossing a coin: “You call,” he said. “Heads or tails?”More example sentences
- The captain who calls correctly on the toss of a coin will decide whether it's league or union in the first half.
- The captain was hoping for some luck with the toss, and after calling correctly he had no hesitation in reaching for his bowling boots.
- But he never found out about what the best option to call during a toss is.
- 1.10Predict the result of (a future event, especially an election or a vote): in the Northeast, the race remains too close to callMore example sentences
- Your votes are flooding in every day in their hundreds but, with many categories still too close to call, every vote really does count.
- They are opposed by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, making the final result of the vote too close to call.
- This election is too close to call.
- 1.11 Computing Cause the execution of (a subroutine).More example sentences
- A unit test would directly call the subroutine I want to test, and it would rely as little as possible on other subroutines in the program.
- Every time the subroutine calls itself, a few bytes are pushed on to the stack to store the return address.
- Before you could call a subroutine, you had to calculate its address.
- 2 [with object and complement] Give (an infant or animal) a specified name: they called their daughter HannahMore example sentences
- Daisy, as we called the goat we had longest, would hate to be separated from her lambs and it was woe betide any dog that came near them.
- The winning name was provided by John from New Norfolk who suggested calling the bird ‘Reggie’.
- They called the baby Joseph Patrick and he was christened in the Holy Family Church.
- 2.1 (be called) Have a specified name: she is called Eva a 1942 mystery called Time To Kill a new Disney show called Hannah MontanaMore example sentences
- I did write an article for the Pleasantville High School newspaper, which I think was called The Panther.
- The other piece of equipment is a device called a hydrometer, which measures alcoholic strength.
- The two gentlemen of Verona are best friends called Valentine and Proteus.
- 2.2Address or refer to (someone) by a specified name, title, endearment, or term of abuse: please call me LucyMore example sentences
- One hasn't bothered to learn my name and just calls me ‘Rooney’.
- One of my co-workers still calls me the wrong name almost every time he sees me.
- She and Dennis had talked around the checkout counter and she'd gotten Dennis's last name wrong, calling him Lewis, and it stuck for some reason.
- 2.3Refer to, consider, or describe (someone or something) as being: he’s the only person I would call a friendMore example sentences
describe as, regard as, look on as, consider to be
- Since then, he has entered what you might call a rough patch.
- Whether it is what you might call professional misconduct may be another matter.
- For five nights, we were on what you might call a floating hotel.
- 2.4(Of an umpire or other official in a game) pronounce (a ball, stroke, or other action) to be the thing specified: the linesman called the ball wideMore example sentences
- The umpire called the ball out.
- To me, the worst thing in baseball is when the pitcher is scared to throw the ball over the plate, and then the umpire calls it a strike when it's a foot outside!
- The ball went in and out of the seats in such a way that the umpire called it a double rather than a homer.
- 3 [no object] (Of a person) pay a brief visit: he called around last night looking for youMore example sentences
- Indeed, Ray called around to us for a visit the Sunday before the dinner dance in Sligo.
- You can call in at our home - you can phone first if you want an appointment.
- The ship and its crew attracted plenty of attention during their brief stay, with many people calling down to visit them.
- 3.1 (call for) Stop to pick up (someone) at the place where they are living or working: I’ll call for you around sevenMore example sentences
- I will call for you tonight at 6.30.
- She was discovered by a neighbour who called for her on the way to Sunday Mass.
- He had a friend call for him at his office and together they walked to the coffee house.
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- 1A cry made as a summons or to attract someone’s attention: in response to the call, a figure appearedMore example sentences
- If that doesn't do the trick, you can always shout a variety of calls to get their attention.
- She ignored anybody else on the street, not paying attention to the calls she was getting.
- He laughed at the calls and jokes from the workers.
- 1.1The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.More example sentences
cry, song, sound
- His incredible ear translated the intricate calls of hundreds of bird species including many from Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.
- The place resounded with the calls of birds as they settled down for the night, even as people walked into the tastefully decorated frontyard.
- But he was unable to photograph them, or even record the birds' calls.
- 1.2 [with modifier] A series of notes sounded on a brass instrument as a signal to do something: a bugle call to rise at 5:30More example sentences
- The bugle call sounded at retreat was first used in the French Army and dates back to the crusades.
- Like any ex-civilian, raw recruit Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll will be keeping time to ordinary bugle calls.
- His greatest music was made at a time of optimism in America, when the roar of the plains and the dissonant buzz of the cities still felt like the bugle calls of the new frontier.
- 1.3A telephone communication or conversation: I’ll give you a call at around fiveMore example sentences
- He kept disappearing to the kitchen to make phone calls during their conversation.
- Nearly four out of 10 people said they were dissatisfied by phone calls made to telephone, gas, water and power firms.
- In the case of international calls, communication from a computer to a telephone abroad is allowed.
- 1.4 (a call for) An appeal or demand for: the call for action was welcomedMore example sentences
- White House critics say calls for the leader to stop terror are meaningless while he is under siege.
- Concerns over the use of police stop and search powers have led to calls for young people to be better informed of their rights.
- His call for the adverts to be stopped may have backfired rather spectacularly.
- 1.5A summons: a messenger arrived bringing news of his call to the throneMore example sentences
- Christian faith teaches that such a call will not summon us to some vague eternity.
- It was a shaking in the very depths of the earth-and it was a calling, a call to battle.
- She trained as an Infant School Teacher and it was while she was on a retreat for teachers that she felt the call to the religious life.
- 1.6 [in singular] A vocation: his call to be a discipleMore example sentences
- From his first days as Pope he had a strong inner call to be a missionary.
- Our call to be an informal educator involves commitments to growth and change.
- 1.7 [in singular] A powerful force of attraction: hikers can’t resist the call of the SierrasMore example sentences
- They could barely resist the call of the forbidden, and the urge was overpowering.
- This government needs the guts to resist the call of the past, and govern for the future.
- I am underwater, succumbing to the call of sad songs while minutes march in front of the clock.
- 1.8 [usually with negative] (a call for) A demand or need for (goods or services): there was little call for work as sophisticated as his
- 1.9 Computing A command to execute a subroutine.More example sentences
- One direct method to utilize the kernel is for a process to execute a system call.
- That means, the call to a subroutine must be on its program line rather than somewhere in an expression.
- To be safe you can use the keyword before any subroutine call even if the subroutine is already defined.
- 1.10A shout by an official in a game indicating whether the ball has gone out of play, a rule has been breached, etc.; the decision or ruling so made: the replay shows that the umpire made a bad callMore example sentences
- It's good for the game when bad calls can be corrected on the field.
- In fact, according to coaches, officials are deciding games with reckless calls.
- Some like to see the game played without many calls; some like to call the penalties.
- 1.11 Bridge A bid, response, or double.More example sentences
- In some schedules a solo is worth more if you bid it over a previous call of misère or piek.
- Five and six are no longer available, as this player has already used all his opportunities for these calls.
- Then betting commences with raises, calls and folds as usual.
- 1.12A direction in a square dance given by the caller.More example sentences
- Wilma said the calls make square dancing easy to learn.
- Square dances, with many of the calls in French, also became popular in the twentieth century.
- In traditional square dancing the timing of a call is fitted to the music.
- 1.13A demand for payment of lent or unpaid capital.More example sentences
- Conceptually, an overdraft is repayable at call or on demand, whereas a loan is granted for a fixed period of time.
- 1.14 Stock Market short for call option.More example sentences
- By tracking the daily and weekly volume of puts and calls in the U.S. stock market, we can gauge the feelings of traders.
- Put options should increase in value and calls should drop as the stock price falls.
- The rule for creating synthetics is that the strike price and expiration date of the calls and puts must be identical.
- 1.15A player’s right or turn to make a bid in a card game.More example sentences
- This will happen when after a bet or raise, all the other players either fold or call.
- The scores are given from the point of view of the team or player with the black queens if there was no call, or of the calling team or player.
- If someone offers to declare, a later player may overcall by offering to reveal, in which case the first may raise his call to a revelation.
- 2A brief visit: we paid a call on HowardMore example sentences
- During the week he made a brief call to us, fully kitted out, during a practice run.
- The final call was a visit to an elderly man whose wife had died two days before.
- For years he's made condolence calls or visits with members of his congregation whose pets have died.
- 2.1A visit or journey made in response to an emergency appeal for help: the doctor was out on a callMore example sentences
- ‘Sadly a small minority of individuals do from time to time target emergency vehicles attending calls,’ he said.
- There are a hundred and one things that can happen in a day and in between that there are your emergency calls.
- Also the main ambulance station for Bedford is situated off Bedford Road, Kempston, causing them difficulties with emergency calls.
call attention to
- Cause people to notice: he is seeking to call attention to himself by his crimesMore example sentences
- Sleeveless, short or cap sleeves or tight sleeves call attention to, and display, the arms.
- The way they sell new dictionaries is by calling attention to all the new words they've located.
- I yelled out to call attention to what was going on (at the same time wondering how smart I was to get involved).
call someone's bluff
- see bluff1.
- North American Make a telephone call reversing the charges.More example sentences
- You will also have your own phone from which long distance calls can be made by calling collect or using a charge card.
- A prison social worker said that prisoners may call collect on pay telephones inside the prison.
- They charge extra money to inmates who call collect to their families.
call something into play
- Cause or require something to start working so that one can make use of it: our active participation as spectators is called into playMore example sentences
- For legs, it's the same thing - you have to call the secondary muscles into play to put maximum pressure on the thighs.
- He created what was called a ‘subroutine’ for each note, then called them into play, as needed.
- These companies charge several hundred to several thousand dollars for their services, so it would be wise for you to have an idea of exactly what you need before calling them into play.
call something into (or in) question
- Cast doubt on something: these findings call into question the legitimacy of the proceedingsMore example sentences
- Integrity is one of the cornerstones upon which reliable journalism is based, and, when it is called into question, we begin to doubt everything we read in newspapers and magazines and see on television.
- It was the second time that her victory was called into question.
- My honesty has been called into question and it has made me look like a criminal.
call it a day
- see day.
call someone names
- see name.
call of nature
- see nature.
call the shots (or tune)
- Take the initiative in deciding how something should be done.More example sentences
- It's all about getting the initiative and being in a position to call the shots.
- He quoted the proverb ‘He who pays the piper, calls the tune, ‘but noted, ‘I think we are very strong on the issue that they mustn't tell us what is good for us.
- The taxpayer pays the piper, but the sponsor calls the tune.
call a spade a spade
- see spade1.
call someone to account
- see account.
call someone/something to mind
- Cause one to think of someone or something, especially through similarity: the still lifes call to mind certain of Cézanne’s worksMore example sentences
- At other points his guitar work briefly calls organs to mind.
- It's not about these people, but there are things in it that call them to mind.
- Her work conjures up such a non-factual set of moments that altered states, or dream states are called to mind.
- [with negative] Remember someone or something: [with clause]: I cannot call to mind where I have seen youMore example sentences
- Modest, common country garden perennial flowers, both of them, and I'm ashamed to say I simply cannot call their names to mind.
- There's doubtless an equally irritating homily about spring-cleaning in the garden, too, but fortunately I can't call it to mind.
- There's another old adage there, too, but I can't call it to mind just now.
call someone/something to order
- Ask those present at a meeting to be silent so that business may proceed.More example sentences
- He looked around the room to ensure all his key players were present, then called the meeting to order.
- I remember nervously calling the meeting to order, wondering what our full day of dialogue would bring.
- Imagine that the CEO of a major corporation has just called a meeting to order, and one of the board members makes a motion to discuss a proposed acquisition.
don't call us, we'll call you
- • informal Used as a dismissive way of saying that someone has not been successful in an audition or a job application.More example sentences
- You can't walk five meters in a straight line… don't call us, we'll call you.
- After the first audition there was a two-week period when it was a case of don't call us, we'll call you.
- His e-mail read like a ‘thank you for your interest, but don't call us, we'll call you,’ form letter.
good call (or bad call)
- • informal Used to express approval (or criticism) of a person’s decision or suggestion.[with reference to decisions made by referees or umpires]More example sentences
- The decision to keep interest rates unchanged looks like a good call.
- He was very agitated and concerned, and on several occasions he said to me it was a very bad call and he obviously realised he had made a very significant error.
- Medical staff deal with a constant flow of difficult decisions and, occasionally, they make what appears to be a bad call.
- 1(Of a person) able to be contacted in order to provide a professional service if necessary, but not formally on duty: our technicians are on call around the clock
- 2(Of money lent) repayable on demand.More example sentences
- High cost options such as recalling the loan and converting a term loan to an on-call loan are less preferred choices.
- Keep your loan on call and simply pay off the 3% minimum each month.
to call one's own
- Used to describe something that one can genuinely feel belongs to one: I had not an item to call my ownMore example sentences
- The group desperately need premises to call their own, somewhere to store all their equipment, to have freedom of rehearsal times and a place to feel comfortable in.
- On the most frigid day of this year, the restaurant overflows with penniless customers who make a cup of coffee last all day because they don't have a job to go to or a home to call their own.
- The club is for the youth of the area and the youth group will endeavour to provide a safe environment for them, where they can have fun and a venue to call their own.
- Near enough to be summoned by calling: she moved into the guest room, within call of her father’s roomMore example sentences
- He had retired discreetly to the doorway, ready within call should Master need anything.
- She might call for help if he attempted again as neighbors lived within call.
- How many people may there be in London, who, if we had brought them deviously and blindfolded, to this street, fifty paces from the Station House, and within call of St. Giles's church, would know it for a not remote part of the city in which their lives are passed?
- 1Make necessary: desperate times call for desperate measuresMore example sentences
- I know that it's a little bit extreme, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
- It does not necessarily call for a large investment to implement it.
- Where safety calls for drastic measures such as bollards to be installed, then fixed bollards should be the method used.
- 2Publicly ask for or demand: the report calls for an audit of endangered speciesMore example sentences
- The report calls for more investment in flood warning and forecasting as well tougher limits on development on floodplains.
- The report calls for more co-ordinated teamwork and improved assessment of patients before an operation.
- The report calls for a dramatic restructuring of how aid is allotted in the region.
- 3North American Predict or describe (the likely weather conditions) for a period of time in the future: the forecast is calling for more rain they’re calling for temperatures in the 80s for the rest of the weekMore example sentences
- Forecasters are calling for a storm surge of between 6 and 14 feet for Eleuthera and Grand Bahama Islands.
- Although the weather forecast called for rain, the weather was great throughout the whole race.
- The forecast called for more rain through the day Sunday, which could hamper rescuers trying to reach all of the far-flung areas that have been affected.
call something forth
- Elicit a response: few things call forth more compassionMore example sentences
- Sometimes even the most harmless remark about America would call forth very sharp replies from him.
- Even the most staid and neutral forum, like the classroom, might bring hidden conflicts to the surface or call forth sharp words and unpleasant exchanges.
- The rise of essentially trivial pastimes should not call forth a moral panic.
call someone/something down
- 1Cause or provoke someone or something to appear or occur: nothing called down the wrath of Nemesis quickerMore example sentences
- For many of the villagers, if Allah can be called down into the human world, so can the spirits of the dead.
- The murder of a stranger who entered somebody's house for shelter would call down the anger of the gods.
- All I can think about is what a failure I am and what a terrible person I am and that I am disobeying God and calling his wrath down on me.
- 2 • dated Reprimand someone.More example sentences
- When she got carried away and started to show genuine anger and aggression, the Captain called her down.
- Who do these holier-than-thou types think they are, calling me down?
- When Joyce gets paranoid about his talent as a writer, he takes it out on Nora, throwing her past in her face and calling her down for being married before.
call someone in
- Enlist someone’s aid or services.More example sentences
- Experts from The Pigeon Control Advisory Service were called in two years ago and visited the town again just before Christmas.
- The National Criminal Intelligence Service has been called in along with a Metropolitan Police team specialising in tracking down fugitives.
- Normally we are called in to provide an emergency service.
call something in
- Require payment of a loan or promise of money.More example sentences
- Workers who took out preferential loans to buy Rover cars will be badly hit if, as expected, their loans are called in by Rover's liquidators.
- Bolivia was told that if coca production didn't cease entirely by 2000, aid packages would stop and the loans would be called in.
- Our losses were so high that our loans were called in.
call someone/something off
- Order a person or dog to stop attacking someone.More example sentences
- Its owners were watching my dog attack their horse, while I was trying to call her off.
- She grabbed my throat, but before she could act further, the woman behind her called her off with a harsh, ‘Stop!’
- ‘Call your dog off,’ Lucy said calmly
call something off
- Cancel an event or agreement.More example sentences
- After weeks of negotiations and widespread industrial action, all university staff strikes have been called off after a national agreement was reached on 25 August.
- An Army spokesman said that due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the event had been called off indefinitely.
- They were surprised to find that the strike had been called off and that an agreement had been struck supporting a two-tier wage.
- 1Pay a visit to (someone): he’s planning to call on Katherine todayMore example sentences
- We were living in Switzerland, and Toni would call on us whenever he visited the country.
- She also called on her legislator during her brief visit to capital.
- Thereafter I made it a point to call on him on all my visits to Delhi.
- 2 (also call upon) Have recourse to: we are able to call on academic staff with a wide variety of expertiseMore example sentences
- Under the proposals, a senior nurse would then be able to call on more staff at short notice than is possible at present.
- In the meantime, members without access are still able to call on local administrative staff to provide these services.
- In the event of a major power-line breakage, they could call on staff from other power companies to help with repairs.
- 2.1 [with infinitive] Demand that (someone) do something: he called on the government to hold a plebisciteMore example sentences
- Now residents are calling on local representatives to demand that ramps should be installed on the road.
- Anyone not paying up will be sent two reminders and then a final demand calling on them to pay the full amount for the year.
- Farmers are urging the public to sign a petition calling on the Government to tighten controls on illegal imports.
call someone out
- 1Summon someone, especially to deal with an emergency or to do repairs.More example sentences
- The cracks were discovered last month after the gas company was called out to deal with an emergency pipe leak.
- They were called out to deal with a potentially dangerous incident at a bonfire when a gas cylinder was thrown onto it.
- A fire crew was called out to deal with the fire shortly after 6pm yesterday but it was already extinguished on their arrival.
- 2Order or advise workers to strike.More example sentences
- ‘We'd have torn up our NUJ cards if they called us out on strike,’ said another.
- Meanwhile workers on London's Docklands Light Railway were called out on strike for 24 hours from 6.30 pm on March 25 and again from 6.30 pm on April 3 in a row over pay.
- Many delegates reported that Unison members in colleges were in disbelief that they had not been called out alongside members of other unions.
- 3 • archaic Challenge someone to a duel.More example sentences
- When he is called out to fight a duel, Boris cannot pull the trigger.
- Your princess was well within her rights to call him out to duel.
- I'm pretty sure they each would have stepped up to the challenge if the other had called them out, regardless of the fact that they were in their good clothes.
call something over
- • dated Read out a list of names to determine those present.More example sentences
- Charles Mansfield, our third lieutenant, came on deck, and called the list over.
- In calling over the list every name is repeated, although three-fourths or more of the boys, whose names are called over, are present.
call someone up
- 1 • informal , chiefly North American Telephone someone.More example sentences
- He stalks her, following her to the church where she does volunteer work, and even calls her up anonymously on the telephone.
- A pollster selects a random sample of 500 or so voters, calls them up on the telephone, and asks who the respondent would vote for if the election were being held today.
- In my experience (which is unfortunately far too extensive) the only way to get them to do anything is to call them up on the phone and be willing to stay on hold for about 2-4 hours while you get your problem fixed directly.
- 2Summon someone to serve in the army: they have called up more than 20,000 reservistsMore example sentences
enlist, recruit, conscript; draft
- She was a member of the Territorial Army when she was called up to serve in the last conflict.
- He was called up for the Army in 1939 and served in France during the war, and later in the Middle East.
- His 19-year-old brother Aidan is also in the army and is currently waiting to see if he is called up to serve in the Gulf.
- 2.1Select someone to play in a team: he was called up from Columbus to finish the season with the YankeesMore example sentences
select, pick, choose
- After just 21 minor-league starts, he was called up to the big-league team on June 2, 1970.
- Ralph marveled fans around the league with his footwork and brilliant individual goals and finally caught the eye of the Jamaican national team - he was called up near the end of the season.
- After a stint in Hartford, he is called up to the big team.
call something up
- Summon for use something that is stored or kept available: icons that allow you to call up a graphicMore example sentences
- It predicts what data the program is going to need next and calls it up ahead of time, storing the received but as-yet-unrequired data in main memory.
- Detailed maps can be called up on screens and geographical intelligence deployed to officers.
- Its details are logged on a card which the user takes away and the horse's details can be called up to be raced when the card is inserted into a machine.
- Evoke something: the special effects that called up the Mars landscape were impressiveMore example sentences
- Nostalgia sells; people love to listen to music that calls those memories up.
- The opening movement, for flute and strings, calls up the lonely hills.
- ‘Home for the holidays’ is an often-used phrase this time of year, calling up images of friends and family gathered together to celebrate old traditions and create new ones
late Old English ceallian, from Old Norse kalla 'summon loudly'.