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call

verb
 
 
/kɔːl/
[I or T] COMMUNICATIONS to phone someone: I'll tell Mr Baker you called. Would you like me to pass on any message? Please call us as soon as possible so that we can resolve this issue.
call collect ( also reverse (the) charges) US COMMUNICATIONS to make a phone call that is paid for by the person who receives it: To call collect from overseas, you need to reach an international operator.
[T] to ask or demand that a particular action should be taken or that a particular event should happen: call an election/meeting/strike An emergency meeting of the board was called for the next day.
call for order ( also call sb/sth to order) MEETINGS, LAW to ask people in a meeting or law court to be quiet so that the meeting or legal action can continue: The senator called the Judiciary Committee meeting to order. A deputy called for order in the courtroom.
[T] ( also call sth in) FINANCE to say officially that borrowed money must be paid back: call (in) a debt/loan The contract gives the lender the right to call a loan if the borrower sells the property.
call (in) a bond FINANCE to pay back money to a person or organization holding a bond before the date when the bond matures (= when it would normally be paid back): When interest rates plunge, a company may decide to call a bond.
[T] to ask someone to come to a place: call sb in/into/over He was called into a manager's office and told that, after 26 years of service, he was no longer needed. She called me over and asked if I was interested in applying for the job.
[I] to visit a person or place for a short time: A salesman called at my home.
[T] informal to say that a particular event or action will happen in the future: He claims to have called the downturn in the economy nearly four years ago.
[T] LAW to make someone say what they know about a situation, in a court of law or to a government official or group: The committee can call witnesses and compel them to answer questions.
(Definition of call verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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