\ ˈkȯl-ˌin How to pronounce call-in (audio) \

Definition of call-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

call in

called in; calling in; calls in

Definition of call in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to order to return or to be returned: such as
a : to withdraw from an advanced position call in the outposts
b : to withdraw from circulation call in bank notes and issue new ones
2 : to summon to one's aid or for consultation call in a mediator
3 : 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: Verb Machel and Kyle Anderson became victims of a scam after getting a phone call in December. Anna Werner, CBS News, "Social Security scams are costing Americans millions. Here's how to spot them.," 29 Jan. 2020 But the search picked up again when sensors heard a similar call in 2010. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Seven mysterious sounds science has yet to solve," 27 Jan. 2020 The 16-night itinerary includes port calls in Morocco, Spain, Mallorca and Barcelona. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Deals and tips from a bona fide cruise expert," 25 Jan. 2020 The president’s phone call in July to the Ukrainian president asking him to investigate the activities of the Bidens in that country is at the center of the impeachment charges. New York Times, "How Joe Biden Talks About a Touchy Subject: His Son," 23 Jan. 2020 Leading that program from Division III status to I-AA, the Bulldogs were a playoff team within four years and Auburn came calling in 1993. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Clemson intern Terry Bowden reflects on Auburn, getting fired and hopes for future," 17 Jan. 2020 But as the Blazers continue to navigate significant injuries and limited options on the wing, Bazemore will likely continue to get the call in the starting lineup, regardless of his performance. Jamie Goldberg | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers midseason awards: Damian Lillard continues to lead the way, Hassan Whiteside proves to be key acquisition," 15 Jan. 2020 As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance and listened to recorded calls in which defendants used coded language to talk about the drugs. Fox News, "Rikers Island guards charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle in drugs," 15 Jan. 2020 When the three-part series aired, the hotline received 27% more calls in a week. Paula Rogo, Essence, "'Surviving R. Kelly' Sequel Increases Calls To Sexual Assault Hotline By 40%," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of call-in


1952, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Call-in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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