- I UK [kɔːl] / US [kɔl]
Word forms "call":
present tense I/you/we/they call he/she/it calls present participle calling past tense called past participle called1)a) [transitive] to use a particular name or title for someonecall someone something:call someone by their nickname/surname/middle name:
Her name's Elizabeth, but we call her Liz.
The teachers always called us by our surnames.b) to give someone or something a name or titlecall someone/something something:
If the baby is a boy, they'll call him William.
Have you decided what to call the dog yet?2) [transitive] to describe or refer to someone or something in a particular waycall someone/something something:
The President called him "a genuine hero".sometimes/commonly/often called:
I would call what's happening there a war.
It is sometimes called the Garden State because there is so much green.a) to criticize someone, or to say unpleasant things about themcall someone something:
They called me stupid and useless.call someone names (= unpleasant names):
Are you calling me a liar?
The other children teased her and called her names.b) to say that something is a particular amount, although this is not the exact amountcall something something:
You owe me £5.30 – so let's call it £5.c) to describe yourself in a particular waycall yourself something:
He has no right to call himself a socialist.3) [intransitive/transitive] to telephone someone
He called her from the station.call (someone) to do something:
For more information call 0800 521 382.
Let's meet next Friday – I'll call to confirm.See:collect II4) [intransitive/transitive] to speak loudly, or to shout to someone who is not near you
Did you call me?call to someone to do something:
Her father called up the stairs.call to someone for something:
He called to the driver to stop.
Paul called to the waiter for another drink.5)a) [transitive] to say loudly the names or numbers on a list
When I call your name, raise your hand.b) to announce that passengers should go to their plane because it will soon be leaving
It'll be another 45 minutes before our flight is called.6) [transitive, often passive] to ask or tell someone to come to a place, usually so that you can talk to themcall someone across/up/over/to etc:
She called me up to the office to explain.be called to a meeting/the telephone:
He called me over and gave me a telling-off.be called before something:
He's been called to a meeting with the vice-president.
Robinson was called before the commission last week.a) [transitive] to telephone a person or organization that provides a service and ask them to comecall the police/the fire brigade/an ambulance:
Can you call a taxi for me?
Jack went to call an ambulance.be called to something:
Eventually the police were called.
Firefighters were called to a blaze at a school.b) [transitive] to order someone to be present or give evidence in a court of law
She was scared she would be called to give evidence.7) [transitive] to announce that an event such as a meeting or election is going to happen
Harris wants to call a meeting to discuss the new proposals.
He should dissolve parliament and call an election.8) [intransitive] if a train, bus, or ship calls somewhere, it stops there during its journeycall at:
This train calls at Hagley and all stations to Birmingham.a) to stop at a place on your way to another place, usually so that you can do somethingcall at/into:
Can you call at the shop on your way home and get some milk?b) call or call in or call round to visit someone, usually for a short timecall to do something:
I'll call tomorrow and we can discuss it then.
James called to see you.9)a) [intransitive/transitive] to say what you think will happen, for example in politics or businesshard/difficult to call:
The situation in the East is hard to call.
It's very difficult to call the market.b) to say which side of a coin you think will be showing when it comes down after being tossed in the aircall heads/tails:
When Neil tossed the coin, she called heads and won.••See:close II10)a) [intransitive] if an animal calls, it makes the sound it usually makesb) [transitive] to make an animal come towards you by making the sound it usually makes11) [transitive] to make an official decision about something that happens in a sports game
The ball was called out.12)a) [intransitive/transitive] to say which of the four suits of cards will be trumps (= cards with a higher value) in a card gameb) [transitive] to tell someone that they must show their cards in some card games13) [intransitive/transitive] to tell dancers which movements to make, especially for a square dance•
call (someone's) attention to— to make someone notice and think about a person or thing
a demonstration that was intended to call attention to the plight of endangered species
I'd like to call your attention to exhibit A.
call something into question/doubt— formal to make something seem less certain
I think that the association's integrity has been called into question by the affair.
call it a day/night— to decide that you have finished doing something
call someone to account (for something)— to say that someone is responsible for something that has gone wrong and expect them to explain it, deal with it, or be punished for it
call the tune/shots— informal to be in a position of control or authority
if you can call it that/something— spoken used for emphasizing that you think something is not as good as it should be, or is not what it claims to be
That was the end of the discussion, if you could call it that.
She would be in pain for the rest of her life, if you could call it a life.
is that what you call it?— spoken used for saying in an angry or surprised way that you do not believe or accept a description that someone has just given
(now) that's what I call something— spoken used for emphasizing that something is a very good example of what you are talking about
Now that's what I call a cup of tea!
what do you call it/him/her/them?— spoken used when you are trying to think of the correct name for someone or something- call by- call for- call in- call off- call on- call out- call upSee:
II UK [kɔːl] / US [kɔl] noun
Word forms "call":
singular call plural calls1) [countable] an act of telephoning someonemake a call:
The helpline received 100 calls in the first couple of hours.give someone a call:
Can you wait while I make another call?take/answer a call:
Why don't you give me a call in the morning?return a call (= telephone someone who tried to telephone you):
He took the call in his study.an incoming/outgoing call:
He never returned her calls.
You can't take incoming calls on the payphone.2) [countable] a loud shout to someone who is not near youcall for:
A passer-by heard his calls for help.3) [countable] a formal or public request that something should happencall for:
The government has rejected calls for tougher immigration laws.a call to someone to do something:
There were renewed calls for a return to the peace talks.
This is a call to all voters to participate.4) [countable] a short visit to someone, especially to their homepay a call on someone/pay someone a call:
We decided to pay another call on the Browns.5) [countable] an announcement in an airport telling passengers to go to their plane because it is leaving soon
This is the last call for flight BA6774 to Stuttgart.6)a) [countable] a decision that you have to make, especially when you have to choose between two possible actions
"Do we offer him the job?" "It's your call."make the call:
a tough/hard/difficult/easy call
In cases like this, it's the President that has to make the call.b) a decision made by an official in a sports game
a line call7)a) [countable] a guess about what will happen, for example in politics or business
The election looks so close that it's anybody's call.b) a guess about which side of a coin will be showing when it comes down after it has been tossed in the air8) [countable] something that needs your time, money, or attentioncall on:
Parents of young children have so many other calls on their time.9) [uncountable, usually in negatives] the number of requests by customers for a particular product or servicecall for:
We only have orange juice. There's not much call for cranberry juice around here.10) [countable/uncountable] the sound that an animal usually makes11) [countable] a loud signal played on a musical instrument to tell people to do something
a bugle call12)a) [singular] a strong feeling of wanting to do something, especially as a career
Many young people are feeling the call to do charity work.b) a strong feeling that makes you want to go somewhere or to have a particular type of lifethe call of something:
He could not resist the call of the outdoor life.13) [countable] a statement of which of the four suits of cards will be trumps (= cards with a higher value) in a card game•See:
English dictionary. 2014.