\ 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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Campus police, who had been investigating the incident, called in Atlanta police after learning of Adams’ death. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Police: Late Georgia Tech player collapsed in dance routine," 30 Mar. 2019 Williams, the operations manager for a medical tech company who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, was among those called in the poll. Susan Page And Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "Poll: Trump's outreach to North Korea gets credit; his shakeup of allies sparks concern," 19 June 2018 In another scene, it is revealed that Nic has gone missing as David drives around and makes phone calls in search of his son. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Timothee Chalamet Struggles With Drug Addiction in 'Beautiful Boy' Trailer," 27 June 2018 One afternoon, Tzuker got a call in his office, behind the high walls of the Kirya, the central Tel Aviv compound that is Israel’s equivalent to the Pentagon. Matthew Campbell,, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018 Over the course of approximately a million service calls in 2017, Ewell said, the department used that drone six times. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018 Credit another Icelander named Tomasson and a flurry of letters and phone calls in Icelandic for securing permission to use Björk’s music. Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Ballet whirls Unbound into historic dance festival," 4 Apr. 2018 Hopefully, Crews will take a cue from some of his critics, and respond wisely and with thoughtfulness to being called in. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Terry Crews's Family Comment Perpetuates Toxic Masculinity," 9 Mar. 2019 Last summer, a stuntwoman died during production, and in April one of its cast members, T.J. Miller, was charged with falsely calling in a bomb threat. New York Times, "This Story Has Already Stressed Ryan Reynolds Out," 2 May 2018

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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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