call down


called down; calling down; calls down

transitive verb

: to cause or entreat to descend
call down a blessing
: reprimand
called me down for being late

Example Sentences

I was called down by my supervisor for not catching the accounting error sooner.
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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of call down was in 1579

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“Call down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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