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call

verb  /kɔl/ us  

call verb (NAME)

[T] to give someone or something a name, or to know or address someone by a particular name: They can’t decide whether to call their new baby Carol or Alice. His name is Anthony, but everyone calls him Tony. call someone names To call someone names is to use rude or insulting words to describe someone: Politicians waste a lot of time calling each other names and criticizing each other.

call verb (TELEPHONE)

[I/T] to telephone someone: [I] I called last night and left a message. [T] Jenny called me and invited us over for the weekend. call someone collect If you call someone collect, you telephone someone who agrees to pay for the cost of talking to you

call verb (SAY)

[I/T] to say something in a loud voice, esp. in order to get someone’s attention: [T] “Answer ‘Here!’ when I call your name,” the teacher said. call the roll If you call the roll you read aloud the names of all the people on a list to make certain that each person is present: The teacher calls the roll at the beginning of each day.

call verb (ASK TO COME)

[I/T] to ask someone to come to you: [I] I ran to Jonathan as soon as I heard him call. [T] You’d better call an ambulance. [M] Susan, would you call in the next patient, please?

call verb (CONSIDER)

[T] to consider someone or something to be something: I wouldn’t call him a friend – he’s just someone I met. The umpire called him safe on a close play.

call verb (ASK FOR)

[T] to ask for or demand something, or to decide officially to have a particular event: The mayor called a meeting of local organizations to discuss budget priorities.

call

noun  /kɔl/ us  

call noun (BEING ASKED TO COME)

[C] a visit that someone makes, esp. as part of a job: The locksmith is out on a call right now. on call People who work in medicine and other important activities are said to be on call when they are available to make visits or to speak to someone on the telephone at any time: Dr. Menendez is on call for the next 24 hours.

call noun (DECISION)

[C] a decision: I really don’t know what to do – it’s your call.

call noun (CAUSE)

[C/U] a reason or cause: [U] There’s no call for you to get so angry – I was just kidding.

call noun (SOUNDS)

[C] a loud sound made by a person or animal: Where we camp, near the river, you can hear the call of the wolf almost every night. [C] the characteristic cry of a bird: Students tried to imitate the calls of their favorite birds.
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