\ ˈkȯl-ˌin How to pronounce call-in (audio) \

Definition of call-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: allowing listeners to engage in broadcast telephone conversations with the host or a guest a call-in show

call in

called in; calling in; calls in

Definition of call in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to order to return or to be returned: such as
a : to withdraw from an advanced position call in the outposts
b : to withdraw from circulation call in bank notes and issue new ones
2 : to summon to one's aid or for consultation call in a mediator
3 : to deliver (a message) by telephone call in an order for pizza

intransitive verb

: to communicate with a person by telephone
call in sick
: to report by telephone that one will be absent because of illness

Examples of call-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some reports also say that Meghan, who is currently in Canada, might call in to be a part of the discussion. Sarah Midkiff,, "The Queen Reportedly Called An Emergency Royal Meeting To Discuss Harry & Meghan’s Exit," 12 Jan. 2020 However, the likelihood of witnesses being called in the Senate is unclear at best, and at worst, slim. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Senate Republicans soften on impeachment witnesses," 9 Jan. 2020 At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson said investigators ultimately could not say why the threats were called in. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield man called in bomb threats at the Waukesha County Courthouse, complaint says," 7 Jan. 2020 Three witnesses were eventually called in Mr. Clinton’s trial, all of whom had been interviewed in the inquiry that led to the charges. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "McConnell Says He Will Proceed on Impeachment Trial Without Witness Deal," 7 Jan. 2020 In July, for example, a state of emergency was called in Louisiana after a cyberattack, and two years ago, Michigan's Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools in Michigan also was a target of a ransomware attack. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Superintendent of Richmond Community Schools accused of mistreating employees," 7 Jan. 2020 Yet Stern that month was called in for an interview with the Big Lake Police Department, where she was informed about the details of the alleged threat, Harper’s reports. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "British accountant denies trying to hire hitman on the dark web to kill his ex-girlfriend in the US: report," 24 Dec. 2019 The death toll rose to four after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Greenup County, Ky. Water rescue crews were called in about 8 a.m. Tuesday to aid two people, and at least one of them died, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bobby King said., "The Storm Prediction Center logged more than three dozen reports of storm damage from east Texas to Georgia.," 18 Dec. 2019 An environmental clean-up company was called in to vacuum up visible foam from the property and along West Queen Street and was working Tuesday to clean up inside the building, Rozek said. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Clean-up, investigation of Southington PFAS chemical spill continuing," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of call-in


1952, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Call-in.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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