\ 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 In fact, some plants have higher numbers than expected because automakers called in more workers in anticipation of potential issues related to aggressive screening at the factory entrances. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM’s Barra, leaders want to experience factory work conditions," 19 May 2020 Cuomo closed the local schools and cordoned off the city, even calling in the National Guard. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.," 16 May 2020 For a moment, the room went silent, as Vescovo called in to report his heading and depth. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Contreras greeted his mother the way he was brought up in a Mexican American family, with an abrazo, as hugs are called in Spanish, and a kiss on the cheek. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Hugging and kissing is deeply ingrained in Latino culture. The customs also can spread coronavirus," 2 May 2020 Orders can be made online at after 8 p.m. Saturday, or they can be called in during the pop-up on Sunday at (414) 369-3683. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A pop-up brunch to go will be served May 3 at Amilinda in downtown Milwaukee," 29 Apr. 2020 Audible from miles away, Teahupo’o — home of the 2024 surfing events of the Paris Olympics — normally echoes like thunderous Morse code, calling in the best surfers from every corner of the globe. Adam Skolnick, New York Times, "The Coronavirus Swell: Surf’s Up. Stay at Home.," 28 Apr. 2020 Footage was uncovered Friday that shows Reade’s mother calling in to Larry King’s show in 1993 corroborating the claims. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Lost total respect': Biden sexual assault accuser blasts Anderson Cooper for not asking about allegations," 26 Apr. 2020 With the country led by a caretaker government and hobbled by legislative paralysis since the first election was called in late 2018, a fourth vote would extend the political crisis amid a global pandemic. Aron Heller,, "Israeli PM and rival look to finalize emergency unity deal," 15 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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