\ 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 Police responded shortly before noon to a call in the 7700 block of Marlboro Pike and found a man in the parking lot with a gunshot wound. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 Officers responded to a shooting call in the 9700 block of Forest Lane in far northeast Dallas about 1 p.m. Sunday. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 30 May 2021 Browning was found wounded inside a vehicle at 8:51 p.m. Saturday when West Precinct officers responded to a ShotSpotter call in the 2500 block of 29th Place West. Carol Robinson |, al, 17 May 2021 People have also been able to call in and voice their opinions during public comment periods at meetings. Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 Officers responded to a call in the 15000 block of Southwest 79th Avenue around 12:45 a.m., police said in a statement. oregonlive, 7 May 2021 According to a Mount Airy Police Department news release, when police responded to the call in the 900 block of Merridale Blvd., in Mount Airy, at 3:49 p.m. Kristen Griffith,, 28 Apr. 2021 Leath was killed while responding with three other officers to a domestic violence call in the 1800 block of Edinburgh Square. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Apr. 2021 Moore of the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region said that when federal crews are down, the agency will call in firefighters from other national forests or state agencies. NBC News, 20 May 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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