call call  /ˈkɔl/


  1. (n) the characteristic sound produced by a bird
  2. (n) a brief social visit
  3. (n) a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
  4. (n) a demand for a show of hands in a card game
  5. (n) a request
  6. (n) an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
  7. (n) a visit in an official or professional capacity
  8. (n) (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
  9. (n) the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
  10. (v) assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  11. (v) ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
  12. (v) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
  13. (v) utter a sudden loud cry
  14. (v) order, request, or command to come
  15. (v) pay a brief visit
  16. (v) call a meeting; invite or command to meet
  17. (v) read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
  18. (v) send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
  19. (v) utter a characteristic note or cry
  20. (v) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
  21. (v) greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
  22. (v) make a stop in a harbour
  23. (v) demand payment of (a loan)
  24. (v) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
  25. (v) give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
  26. (v) indicate a decision in regard to
  27. (v) make a prediction about; tell in advance
  28. (v) require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
  29. (v) challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
  30. (v) declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
  31. (v) lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
  32. (v) order or request or give a command for
  33. (v) order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
  34. (v) utter in a loud voice or announce
  35. (v) challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
  36. (v) consider or regard as being
  37. (v) rouse somebody from sleep with a call
  38. (n) a telephone connection
  39. (n) a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
  40. (n) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  41. (n) a demand especially in the phrase


  1. An Indian employee at a call center provides service support to international customers in the southern city of Bangalore.
  2. Over two decades ago, I found my calling working in a community devastated by steel-plant closings.
  3. Elaine Thompson AP Now Barack Obama is reprising the call to service.


  1. Emergency call boxes not so common at ODU

    NORFOLK Large swaths of Old Dominion University lack emergency call boxes, which some experts say are key to campus safety because they can connect victims with police quickly and help prevent crime. Old Dominion has 83 call boxes - including 62 in parking garages alone - on its 251-acre campus. Urban campuses of similar size have far more.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Virginian-Pilot

  2. Jail phone call leads to 2 arrests in drug-deal slaying of Alief boy, woman

    Jail phone call leads to 2 arrests in drug-deal slaying of Alief boy, woman Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 7:55 pm, Friday, June 21, 2013 Two more people have been charged in the execution-style slaying last month of a 10-year-old boy and the girlfriend of the boy's ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Houston Chronicle

  3. Review: 'Call Me Kuchu' an unnerving look at Ugandan LGBT struggle

    'Call Me Kuchu,' from directors Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, documents Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, the murder of David Kato. In a time when states are ratifying gay marriage at a record pace and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is old news, when the Boy Scouts of America reverse a controversial policy and now accept gay scouts, "Call Me Kuchu," a ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "I'ma little gutted to be honest," Donovan said. "I don't know how they stole that last goal from us ...... I'm not sure what the call was. He (the referee) wouldn't tell us what the call was."
    on Jun 19, 2010 By: Donovan Source: The Associated Press

  2. "I have spoken with Mr. Baxter and he has now confirmed that he did not receive a call from your institution," Garrett wrote to Moore. "Therefore, USC has no intention of pursuing this matter further. I apologize for any inconvenience or...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Mike Garrett Source: ESPN (blog)

  3. The Republicans' presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, said in an interview: "The first thing I'd do is say, let's not call it a bail-out. Let's call it a rescue. Because it is a rescue. It's a rescue of Main Street America."
    on Oct 1, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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