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Dictionary definition for: Call

1. (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"

2. (v) assign a specified, proper name to; "They named their son David" "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"

3. (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"

4. (n) a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"

5. (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"

6. (n) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"

7. (n) a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

8. (v) order, request, or command to come; "She was called into the director''s office" "Call the police!"

9. (n) the characteristic sound produced by a bird; "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"

10. (v) utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle" "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn''t hear me"

11. (n) a brief social visit; "senior professors" wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"

12. (v) pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"

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

14. (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"

15. (n) a demand for a show of hands in a card game; "after two raises there was a call"

16. (v) order or request or give a command for; "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"

17. (n) a request; "many calls for Christmas stories" "not many calls for buggywhips"

18. (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"

19. (v) indicate a decision in regard to; "call balls and strikes behind the plate"

20. (n) an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"

21. (v) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"

22. (n) brief visit in an official or professional capacity; "the pastor''s visits to his parishioners" "a visit to a dentist" "the salesman''s call on a customer"

23. (n) (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; "he was ejected for protesting the call"

24. (v) read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; "Call roll"

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

26. (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"

27. (v) declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; "call a runner out"

28. (v) utter a characteristic note or cry; "bluejays called to one another"

29. (v) utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name" "The auctioneer called the bids"

30. (v) make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election"

31. (v) challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; "He deserves to be called on that"

32. (v) consider or regard as being; "I would not call her beautiful"

33. (v) demand payment of (a loan) "Call a loan"

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

35. (v) greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; "He always addresses me with "Sir" "Call me Mister" "She calls him by first name"

36. (v) make a stop in a harbour; "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"

37. (v) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump"

38. (v) require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; "Call a bond"

39. (v) lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; "Call ducks"

40. (v) challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; "call the speaker on a question of fact"

41. (v) rouse somebody from sleep with a call; "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"

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