\ 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 the first quarter of 2021, food and beverage revenue per patron jumped to a record-high of $7.37, up from $4.76 in the same period of last year, the company said in the first quarter earnings call in May. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 7 Nov. 2021 On an earnings call in July, Zuckerberg teased the concept of the metaverse as a space similar to the internet where users (via digital avatars) can walk around and interact with one another in real time. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 28 Oct. 2021 Facebook acknowledged a teen retention issue on an earnings call in 2013, according to a review of transcripts by Bloomberg. David Mclaughlin, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2021 In a second quarter earnings call in July 2020, the company’s longtime chief executive, Gerald W. Evans, told stock analysts the new line already was a moneymaker. Mark Pazniokas,, 14 Oct. 2021 During Amplify’s earnings call in August, Willsher said the company puts a premium on returning value to its shareholders. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 According to executives on the brand’s most recent earnings call in July, Chipotle Rewards has created deeper levels of engagement and has driven higher checks and frequency. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Brian Lynch, president of Carter’s, told investors in an earnings call in July, that its back-to-school business was off to a strong start over the summer. NBC News, 12 Aug. 2021 The company said on an earnings call in May that Paramount+ would be available in 45 markets by 2022. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 1 July 2021

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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 30 Nov. 2021.

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