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

call in

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called in; calling in; calls in

transitive verb

: to order to return or to be returned: such as
: to withdraw from an advanced position
call in the outposts
: to withdraw from circulation
call in bank notes and issue new ones
: to summon to one's aid or for consultation
call in a mediator
: to deliver (a message) by telephone
call in an order for pizza

intransitive verb

: to communicate with a person by telephone
call in sick
: to report by telephone that one will be absent because of illness

Examples of call-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Russia will win war in Ukraine, Putin tells news conference and call-in show A 26-year-old woman from a small Russian city, with a young son, felt as though society was cracking apart when her husband was mobilized on Oct. 26, 2022. Natalia Abbakumova, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 Russia will win war in Ukraine, Putin tells news conference and call-in show As supporters worry about Navalny and Gorinov, Putin’s powerful propaganda machine is operating at full blast in the run-up to an election designed to boost the legitimacy of his war on Ukraine. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 Some pediatricians have a specific call-in period each day. Parents Editors, Parents, 9 Oct. 2023 Amp featured live and call-in style shows hosted by major artists including Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Lil Yachty, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and others. Evan Minsker, Pitchfork, 4 Oct. 2023 The film’s narrative arc revolves around a call-in radio show. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023 The king of the call-in, the prince of pop psychology, Dr. Frasier Crane, will officially return on Oct. 12 when the Frasier sequel series arrives on Paramount+. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Aug. 2023 If so, your call-in time frames might be causing undue frustration. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 The official topics were the debt limit, energy policy and the end of federal covid-relief funding, but that’s not what many people wanted to talk about on C-SPAN’s morning call-in program this week. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2023
Just 12 minutes later, at 12:16 a.m., officers responded to a call in the city of Cudahy and found two minors, both male and Hispanic, who had both been shot. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 As a consulting nephrologist, Roy gets called in when patients have kidney issues the general hospital staff need help with. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 The team played with a passion that at one point escalated to the height of Travis Kelce almost knocking over head coach Andy Reid, who the tight end seemingly believed made a bad call in pulling him off the field during the second quarter. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, warned about the strength of Chinese electric car exports in a company earnings call in January. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 While the van was traveling through Fort Worth, several people called in to report a white van swerving in and out of traffic while driving at a high speed. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Feb. 2024 Outside sources called in by coroner’s and homicide investigators determined that the remains belonged to a Caucasian or Latino man, over 40 years old, who was 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 In an analyst call in January, Boeing’s CEO Dave Calhoun said more scrutiny relating to its planes following the Alaska Airlines incident would make the company better. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 8 Feb. 2024 Dean Wright spoke to his brother daily, but now Ray Wright had not answered any texts or calls in two days. Kat Teurfs, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1952, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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“Call-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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call in

transitive verb
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