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Meaning of “call” - Learner’s Dictionary

call

verb     /kɔːl/
be called sth A1 to have a particular name: a man called John What's your dog called? Their latest record is called "Ecstasy".Names and titles
GIVE NAME [+ two objects] B1 to give someone or something a particular name: I want to call the baby Alex.Names and titles
DESCRIBE [+ two objects] B2 to describe someone or something in a particular way: She called him a liar. Doctors are calling it an epidemic.Defining and explaining
ASK TO COME [T] B2 to ask someone to come somewhere: She called me into her office. He was called to an emergency meeting.Inviting and summoningMaking appeals and requests
SHOUT [I, T] ( also call out) B1 to shout or say something in a loud voice: I thought I heard someone calling my name.Shouting and screaming
TELEPHONE [I, T] A2 to telephone someone: He called me every night while he was away. Has anyone called the police?Communicating by telephone
VISIT [I] mainly UK ( UK call by/in/round) to visit someone for a short time: John called round earlier.Visiting
call an election/meeting, etc to arrange for an election/meeting, etc to happen: The chairman has called an emergency meeting. →  See also call sb's bluff , call it a day Managing and organizing
(Definition of call verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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