call-in

adjective \ ˈkȯl-ˌin \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of call-in

: allowing listeners to engage in broadcast telephone conversations with the host or a guest
  • a call-in show

First Known Use of call-in

1952

in the meaning defined above

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call in

verb

Definition of call in

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
: 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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First Known Use of call in

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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call in

transitive verb

legal Definition of call in

: call 4

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