\ ˈkȯl-ˌin \

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


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

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And the first telephone call in the United Kingdom was made from Brown’s by Sir Alexander Graham Bell. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Brown's Hotel," 8 Feb. 2019 In the first months, most of the calls were obvious hoaxes after someone suggested on Twitter that people call in to report space aliens. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Trump immigrant crime hotline still faces hurdles, pushback," 5 Feb. 2019 What’s different now is that there seem to be pop-up problems when a bunch of screeners at a particular airport call in sick. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What to Know About Airport Security During the Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2019 For high-profile events like Meghan's engagement photo call in 2017 and the Queen's Christmas lunch, Meghan wore Birks earrings. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Top 5 Favorite Jewelry Brands of All Time," 2 Jan. 2019 Forbes reported that the call in May was intended to help Mr. Schnatter avoid future public relations blunders involving race. New York Times, "Racial Slur Leads to Papa John’s Founder Quitting Chairman Post," 11 July 2018 Police say he was involved in a domestic violence call in the Woodspring Suites in Sharonville. Sarah Hager,, "Sharonville police looking for man who escaped arrest," 10 July 2018 Three firefighters were injured when a fire truck overturned while responding to a call in Union County Friday afternoon. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Three firefighters injured when fire truck overturns in Union County," 6 July 2018 The curtain goes up on a frantic call in the middle of the night. Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018

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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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