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English definition of “call”

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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