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English definition of “call”

call

noun [C]
 
 
/kɔːl/
TELEPHONE (also phone call) A2 an occasion when you telephone someone: Give me a call tomorrow. I got a call from Sue this morning.Communicating by telephone
a call for sth a demand for something to happen: a call for action/peaceMaking appeals and requests
VISIT a short visit: I thought I'd pay Gary a call.Visiting
SHOUT B1 a shout to someoneShouting and screaming
BIRD a sound made by a bird or other animalAnimal (non-human) sounds
sb's call informal someone's decision about what to do: I don't mind what we do - it's your call.Decisions and deciding
call for sth need or demand for a particular thing: There's not much call for interior designers round here.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
be on call to be ready to go to work if you are needed, as part of your jobReady and willingUnwilling and reluctant
→ See also be at sb's beck and call, wake-up call, a close call
(Definition of call noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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