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call·​out ˈkȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce callout (audio)
: the act or an instance of calling out
: an often bordered inset in a printed article or illustration that usually includes a key excerpt or detail

call out

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called out; calling out; calls out

transitive verb

: to summon into action
call out troops
: to challenge to a duel
: to order on strike
call out the workers
: 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

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The online callout comes after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah killed at least 45 Palestinians over the weekend, sparking international outrage. Chantelle Lee, TIME, 29 May 2024 That being said, pants are a safe bet for nearly all courses, with a few callouts. Red Fabbri, Travel + Leisure, 29 May 2024
Jake was calling out people left and right, yelling, trying to cause chaos., 13 June 2024 Related article White homeowner pleads not guilty in shooting of Black teen who rang the wrong doorbell After he was shot, H.R. called out for his mom, the third teenager, identified as S.A., told investigators. Amanda Musa, CNN, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for callout 

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Word History

First Known Use


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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