call off

verb

called off; calling off; calls off

transitive verb

1
: to draw away : divert
2
: cancel

Examples of call off in a Sentence

she was about to tell me the big news when her attention was called off by the arrival of another guest called off the party after half of those invited couldn't make it
Recent Examples on the Web The model and the action star were seemingly headed for divorce in August 2022 but called off the split a month later. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 The driver struck a bystander vehicle and took off and the Grandview officer called off the pursuit. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 25 Feb. 2024 In the spring of that year, the opening was called off, in favor of using the space as additional seating for Corner Bar. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 On July 7, the day after Craig’s death, the Star-Telegram filed an open records request with the Fort Worth Police Department for the department’s policy on making decisions about when to initiate, continue or call off a vehicle pursuit. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 Feb. 2024 The session has been reported as called off, but a source with knowledge of recent developments tells WIRED that White House national security advisers are still expected to meet privately with lawmakers—one final attempt to dissuade them from supporting privacy reforms. Dell Cameron Andrew Couts, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, crews were called off the mountain because of avalanche risks during heavy snowfall. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Celine had also been scheduled to play there but had to call off her appearances due to the disorder. Zack Sharf, Variety, 5 Feb. 2024 In 2021, the survey was called off due to COVID-19 precautions for the pilots and researchers. John Myers, Twin Cities, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of call off was in 1606

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“Call off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/call%20off. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

call off

verb
1
: to draw away : divert
call off a dog
2
: cancel sense 2a
call off a meeting

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