call

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: call

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utter a sudden loud cry
a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
2
vn
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
3
vn
order or request or give a command for
a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
4
vn
pay a brief visit
a visit in an official or professional capacity
5
v
stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: call
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v utter a sudden loud cry

Synonyms:
cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
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hollo
cry hollo
hurrah
shout `hurrah!'
halloo
shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
whoop
shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
utter a shrill cry
howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
emit long loud cries
screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
utter a harsh abrupt scream
caterwaul, yowl
utter shrieks, as of cats
squall, waul, wawl
make high-pitched, whiney noises
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v utter a characteristic note or cry

“bluejays called to one another”
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal

Type of:
entice, lure, tempt
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

v utter in a loud voice or announce

“He called my name”
“The auctioneer called the bids”
Synonyms
cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
utter a sudden loud cry
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v rouse somebody from sleep with a call

“I was called at 5 A.M. this morning”
Type of:
arouse, awaken, rouse, wake, wake up, waken
cause to become awake or conscious

v send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message

“Hawaii is calling!”
“A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
Synonyms
call up, phone, ring, telephone
get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
Type of:
telecommunicate
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail

v get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

“I tried to call you all night”
“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning”
Synonyms:
call up, phone, ring, telephone
Types:
cell phone
call up by using a cellular phone
call in
make a phone call
Type of:
telecommunicate
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail

v read aloud to check for omissions or absentees

Type of:
read
look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed

v give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance

Synonyms:
call off

n a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

Synonyms:
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
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bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
blue murder
an extravagantly loud outcry
catcall
a cry expressing disapproval
clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry
loud and persistent outcry from many people
halloo
a shout to attract attention
hoot
a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
hosanna
a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
noise
a loud outcry of protest or complaint
scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking
sharp piercing cry
whoop
a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
battle cry, rallying cry, war cry, war whoop
a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
shouting, yelling
uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement
yodel
a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, razzing, snort
a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

n the characteristic sound produced by a bird

Synonyms:
birdcall, birdsong, song
Types:
bell-like call
a birdcall that resembles the tone of a bell
two-note call
a birdcall having two notes
Type of:
animal communication
communication between animals (of the same species)

n a telephone connection

“she reported several anonymous calls
“he placed a phone call to London”
“he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
Synonyms:
phone call, telephone call
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call-back
a return call
collect call
a telephone call that the receiving party is asked to pay for
call-in
a telephone call to a radio station or a television station in which the caller participates in the on-going program
crank call
a hostile telephone call (from a crank)
local call
a telephone call made within a local calling area
long distance, long-distance call, trunk call
a telephone call made outside the local calling area
conference call
a telephone call in which more than two people participate
wake-up call
a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels)
toll call
a long-distance telephone call at charges above a local rate
three-way calling
a way of adding a third party to your conversation without the assistance of a telephone operator
Type of:
telephone, telephony
transmitting speech at a distance
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v assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

Synonyms:
name
address
greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
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baptise, baptize, christen
administer baptism to
refer
use a name to designate
style, title
designate by an identifying term
dub, nickname
give a nickname to
rename
assign a new name to
entitle, title
give a title to
term
name formally or designate with a term
tag
provide with a name or nickname
proclaim
declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
Type of:
label
assign a label to; designate with a label

v greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name

“She calls him by first name”
Synonyms:
address
name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
Type of:
address, turn to
speak to

v ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality

“He called me a bastard”
“She called her children lazy and ungrateful”
Synonyms
name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
Types:
miscall, misname
assign in incorrect name to
brand, post
mark or expose as infamous
Type of:
label
assign a label to; designate with a label

v consider or regard as being

“I would not call her beautiful”
Type of:
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be

v indicate a decision in regard to

call balls and strikes behind the plate”
Type of:
indicate
to state or express briefly

v declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

call a runner out”
Type of:
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be

v make a prediction about; tell in advance

Synonyms:
anticipate, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
Types:
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read
interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
outguess, second-guess
attempt to anticipate or predict
augur
predict from an omen
bet, wager
maintain with or as if with a bet
calculate, forecast
predict in advance
prophesy, vaticinate
predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
scry
divine by gazing into crystals
vaticinate
foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
enlighten, irradiate
give spiritual insight to; in religion
Type of:
guess, hazard, pretend, venture
put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

n (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee

“he was ejected for protesting the call
Type of:
conclusion, decision, determination
the act of making up your mind about something
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v order or request or give a command for

“The unions called a general strike for Sunday”
Type of:
order
make a request for something

v order, request, or command to come

“She was called into the director's office”
Synonyms:
send for
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cite, summon, summons
call in an official matter, such as to attend court
beep
call, summon, or alert with a beeper
call back, recall
summon to return
call in
summon to a particular activity or employment
lift
call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
muster
call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
hail
call for
summon
ask to come
call up, mobilise, mobilize, rally
call to arms; of military personnel
page
contact, as with a pager or by calling somebody's name over a P.A. system
vouch
summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title
buzz
call with a buzzer
convene, convoke
call together
beckon
summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
demand
summon to court
Type of:
enjoin, order, say, tell
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

v order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role

“He was already called 4 times for jury duty”
“They called him to active military duty”
Synonyms
send for
order, request, or command to come
Type of:
request
ask (a person) to do something

v call a meeting; invite or command to meet

“The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'”
“The new dean calls meetings every week”
Synonyms
send for
order, request, or command to come
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

“He called his trump”
Synonyms:
bid
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raise
bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
double
bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit)
outcall
make a higher bid than (the previous bid or player); in a card game
underbid
bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants
outbid
bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled
overbid
to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,
preempt
make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

v require the presentation of for redemption before maturation

Synonyms
call in
demand payment of (a loan)
Type of:
ask, expect, require
consider obligatory; request and expect

v demand payment of (a loan)

Synonyms:
call in
Type of:
demand, exact
claim as due or just

v challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of

call the speaker on a question of fact”
Type of:
challenge, dispute, gainsay
take exception to

v challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense

“He deserves to be called on that”
Type of:
challenge, dispute, gainsay
take exception to

n a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

Synonyms:
claim
Type of:
demand
an urgent or peremptory request

n a demand for a show of hands in a card game

“after two raises there was a call
Type of:
demand
an urgent or peremptory request

n a request

“many calls for Christmas stories”
“not many calls for buggywhips”
Types:
recall
a call to return
Type of:
asking, request
the verbal act of requesting

n an instruction that interrupts the program being executed

“Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed”
Types:
function call
a call that passes control to a subroutine; after the subroutine is executed control returns to the next instruction in main program
supervisor call instruction, system call
an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor
Type of:
command, instruction, program line, statement
(computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program

n the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date

Synonyms:
call option
Antonyms:
put, put option
the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
Type of:
option
the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited

n a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement

Synonyms:
margin call
Type of:
demand
an urgent or peremptory request
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v pay a brief visit

“The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens”
Synonyms:
call in, visit
Types:
see
go to see for professional or business reasons
see
go to see for a social visit
come by, drop by, drop in
visit informally and spontaneously
Type of:
get together, meet
get together socially or for a specific purpose

v make a stop in a harbour

“The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow”
Synonyms
call in, visit
pay a brief visit
Type of:
stop, stop over
interrupt a trip

n a visit in an official or professional capacity

“the pastor's calls on his parishioners”
“the salesman's call on a customer”
Types:
round
(often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
Type of:
visit
the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity

n a brief social visit

“senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers”
“the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence”
Type of:
visit
the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
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v stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

call a football game”
Type of:
defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table
hold back to a later time
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