\ 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

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The dinner tables were just past rows of budding vines, under clear blue skies that Chopra surely had called in specially. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Talking With Priyanka Chopra on a Swing in the Hamptons," 13 July 2018 Although there were advance calls in Britain from some quarters to cancel the meeting between the queen and the Trumps, that was never going to happen. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trumps meet Queen Elizabeth II, treated to royal pomp, pageantry and tea," 13 July 2018 Mrs May is due to brief Parliament in the afternoon of July 9th on her Chequers plan, while her chief of staff is also calling in opposition MPs and peers to give them a briefing. The Economist, "Boris goes," 10 July 2018 The Nicaraguan city of Masaya was an opposition stronghold until Mr. Ortega called in police reinforcements from Managua on June 19 and took it back. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Russia in Central America, Again," 8 July 2018 A year earlier, a West Virginia man was sentenced to time served after calling in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Liberty Island, sending 3,200 people on boats back to lower Manhattan and New Jersey. Jennifer Peltz And Jake Pearson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Protester climbs up Statue of Liberty in defense of border families," 5 July 2018 A year earlier, a West Virginia man with psychological problems was sentenced to time served after calling in a bomb threat. Jennifer Peltz And Jake Pearson,, "Statue of Liberty climber leads to evacuation; 6 arrested after hanging 'Abolish ICE' banner," 4 July 2018 The fire, near the 7900 block of Old Granbury Road — close to Benbrook Lake — was first reported just after 3 p.m., but details of who called in the fire and how large the blaze was when firefighters first arrived weren’t immediately available. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Large grass fire sparks in southwest Fort Worth; Palo Pinto fire continues to burn," 4 July 2018 If a paramedic calls in a sepsis alert to the hospital, studies show that the patient mortality rate drops from 27 percent to 13 percent, Molander said. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Sepsis is the third leading cause of death. Can a new blood test change that?," 3 July 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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