callout

noun
call·​out | \ ˈkȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce callout (audio) \

Definition of callout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of calling out
2 : an often bordered inset in a printed article or illustration that usually includes a key excerpt or detail

call out

verb
called out; calling out; calls out

Definition of call out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to summon into action call out troops
2 : to challenge to a duel
3 : to order on strike call out the workers
4 : to publicly criticize or fault (someone) The FDA will have to start forcing companies to be transparent and call them out on it when they're not.— Massimo Calabresi et al.

Examples of callout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yet, despite a healthy ego and a raconteur’s élan, after Lasseter’s callout—and some laughter in the room—Smith stayed in his seat and said nothing. Steven Levy, Wired, 31 Aug. 2021 The eagerness of the Supreme Court majority to allow major disruptions to Biden administration policy did get the callout of the court's liberals in the moratorium eviction case. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 Some local efforts are small and surgical, such as a callout to Afghan-American business owners to provide jobs. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 Of course, Adam is merely having a little fun with Blake and likely meant his callout as nothing more than a lighthearted jab. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 24 Aug. 2021 Abraham/Bruce/Peter’s occasional callout gives us a needed sense of community. Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 The scene is obviously a callout of all those ridiculous myths that get told about Native people. Kali Simmons, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 The Aretha, on Detroit’s riverfront, has also issued a callout for seasonal staffing, and applications can be submitted at thearetha.com. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2021 Mendoza: – a callout to her mom’s southern Illinois roots. Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of callout

Noun

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

14 Sep 2021

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“Callout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/callout. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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