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call on

Definition of call on

  1. 1 :  to ask (someone or something) to do something :  to say that someone or something should do something <The opposition has called on the governor to resign.>

  2. 2 :  to ask for help from (someone) <Is there anyone you can call on in an emergency?>

  3. 3 :  to use (something, such as a talent or skill) <She had to call on all her reserves of strength and skill to meet the challenge.>

  4. 4 :  to ask for a response from (someone, such as a student) <I was hoping the teacher wouldn't call on me, because I didn't know the answer.>

  5. 5 :  to make a brief visit to (someone) <I'm planning to call on an old friend after I leave here.>

  6. 6 US informal :  to directly criticize (someone) for (something, such as bad behavior) <He's incredibly rude, but no one ever calls him on it.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance :  shout

    :  to make a request or demand

    :  to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. :  an act of calling with the voice :  shout

    :  an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

    :  an instrument used for calling

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