\ 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 The US Fish and Wildlife Service defended the delisting call in a letter to Earthjustice, one of the environmental groups challenging the move., "New Democratic ad campaign ties GOP to QAnon," 2 Feb. 2021 Morris, who represents Garland’s District 2, made the call in an open letter to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Frederick Cerise, the president and CEO of Parkland Hospital. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "Garland council member calls for transparency and equity in COVID-19 vaccination efforts," 18 Jan. 2021 David Kaye, a law professor and former U.N. special rapporteur on free expression, said on Thursday that Facebook had made the right call in banning Mr. Trump’s accounts until Inauguration Day. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "The President Is Losing His Platforms," 7 Jan. 2021 Congressman Ted Lieu of California and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of New York asked the FBI to investigate the call in a letter on Monday. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, "James Clyburn calls impeaching Trump again a waste of time, but says he's open to DOJ charges," 5 Jan. 2021 After the Minneapolis Miracle in January of 2018 and the no-call in January of 2019, this was supposed to be the year the Saints made it to the Super Bowl. Rod Walker,, "Walker: A look back at the unforgettable New Orleans sports moments in a year we'd like to forget," 30 Dec. 2020 Lachiondo left the call in tears to go to her children, and the city’s mayor and police chief ended the meeting moments later. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, "How Ammon Bundy Helped Foment an Anti-Masker Rebellion in Idaho," 21 Dec. 2020 But local governments have made the call in other communities. Don Stacom,, "New Britain mayor suggests a public vote to resolve dilemma over Columbus statue," 24 Nov. 2020 But general manager Scott Perry made the right call in picking national college basketball player of the year Obi Toppin at No. 8. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "2020 NBA draft grades: All 30 teams ranked from best to worst," 19 Nov. 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 5 Mar. 2021.

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