callout

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noun

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

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verb

called out; calling out; calls out

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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Around that time in 1998, Jansen saw the callout for open tryouts for the Colts announcer. The Indianapolis Star, 26 Oct. 2022 The main callout here is that jersey sheets in general are not as durable as other bed sheet varieties. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 29 Sep. 2022 With Nicki Minaj as 2022's co-emcee, performer and Video Vanguard recipient, a reference to her iconic 2015 VMAs callout of Miley Cyrus was inevitable. Staff Author Published, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 Many compared White's erroneous callout to LuPone's own past experiences dressing down audience members for their improper behavior. EW.com, 17 Oct. 2022 The initial callout to the public last week to help name Fritz received a huge response, with more than 90,000 suggestions from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries, according to the zoo. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2022 The initial callout to the public last week to help name Fritz received a huge response, with more than 90,000 suggestions from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries, according to the zoo. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2022 In response to a public callout from MuckRock, one parent in Mount Pleasant, Monica Rosen, said that paying for her daughter’s preschool pushed her family to the brink of poverty. Luca Powell And Derek Kravitz, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2022 Seven years late, Lizzo‘s payed tribute to the star’s iconic callout by getting some payback of her own at the 2022 MTV VMAs. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 28 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of callout was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Callout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/callout. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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