\ 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 Others are debating the merits of an anonymous hotline to call in allegations. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Super Smash Bros. Community Reckons With Sexual Misconduct Allegations," 10 July 2020 Such systems typically rely on smartphones, for instance, although some cities allow people to call in requests on any type of phone. Doug Johnson/undark, Popular Science, "The pandemic has cities rethinking public transit," 17 June 2020 And this data could be particularly important in order to help first responders know how to protect themselves when going out on a call in the future, as the number of cases in an area waxes and wanes, Sayre argued. Ryan Prior, CNN, "See someone collapse near you? It's still safe to perform CPR during the pandemic, study says," 10 June 2020 First-base umpire Gary Cederstrom blew a call in the sixth inning when Witt covered first on a bunt by Kansas City’s Greg Gagne, ruling that Witt was late to the bag. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Gone By: Bobby Witt, now an agent, counsels players during pandemic," 2 June 2020 But his legacy goes beyond the field, to the bowels of a stadium two years later, where he became remembered for something much more important than making a bad call in a sporting game. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Blown Detroit Tigers call still haunts Jim Joyce, but he has learned to forgive himself," 2 June 2020 Meanwhile, after the death of George Floyd and countless other unarmed Black folks at the hands of police, Trump sided with law enforcement, threatening to call in the National Guard, and supported tear gassing and rubber bullets. Asia Ewart,, "After Denouncing Black Lives Matter, Trump Tweets A Video Supporting “White Power”," 29 June 2020 The next day, the Tribunal has to call in Bayleigh, Dee, and Kaycee to interrogate even though this is all just going through the motions. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Kaycee makes her choice, Bayleigh takes it personally," 25 June 2020 The American Bar Association endorsed the call in 2006, and advocates have found a receptive audience in judges, such as Weinstein and Mallios, who have been distressed by the flood of unrepresented litigants. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 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 16 Jul. 2020.

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