\ 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

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Jail threats: Someone on Tuesday called in a threat to kill Cuyahoga County Jail officers if another inmate died, according to’s Adam Ferrise. Cliff Pinckard,, "5G cellular networks coming to Cleveland: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 20, 2019," 20 June 2019 Both sides have agreed to treat genetic genealogy as a method for investigators to generate leads, akin to someone calling in a tip over the phone. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method," 17 June 2019 With two other members of the group still missing, officials called in aerial support from the National Guard and CBP Air and Marine Operations. Fox News, "Border agents recover remains of 7-year-old Indian national in 'rugged' Arizona desert," 15 June 2019 Former Maryland center Bruno Fernando will almost certainly hear his name called in next Thursday’s 2019 NBA draft. Don Markus,, "A week from NBA draft, Maryland center Bruno Fernando's position is difficult to mock," 13 June 2019 Several people were injured, with ambulances called in. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Tear gas envelops Hong Kong as protesters flood the streets," 12 June 2019 After dramatically improving during his career, Dawson hoped to hear his name called in last week’s MLB draft. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "'Let's just play': Andrean grad Chase Dawson makes pro debut with RailCats after standout career at VU," 12 June 2019 Reynolds was arrested by an Iowa State Patrol officer on Interstate 35 after a motorist called in a reckless driver. Ryan J. Foley,, "Iowa removes files on governor's drunk driving arrest that exposed personal info," 10 June 2019 Amazon called in Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm for additional TNF alt-coverage. Jacob Feldman,, "As the Game Evolves, MLB Broadcaster John Smoltz Has Become a Topic of Debate," 7 June 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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