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English definition of “call”

call

verb (NAME)    /kɔːl/ US  /kɑːl/
B1 [T + obj + noun ] to give someone or something a name , or to know or address someone by a particular name : They've called the twins Edward and Thomas . What's that actor called that we saw in the film last night ? His real name is Jonathan, but they've always called him Johnny . What's her new novel called? I wish he wouldn't keep calling me " dear " - it's so patronizing !Names and titles call sb names C2 If a person , especially a child , calls someone names , he or she addresses that person with a name that is intended to be offensive : Tom's worried that if he wears glasses at school the other children will call him names .Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badly
(Definition of call verb (NAME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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