\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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The revelations prompted calls in Congress for intervention by the Federal Trade Commission and investigations in at least two states. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 Then came the call in the early morning hours Tuesday. Will Hobson,, "Police reports detail three prior calls to LeSean McCoy's residence in Atlanta suburbs," 12 July 2018 Read more: Last year, OnStar emergency advisers handled about 115,000 calls in the U.S. and Canada, an OnStar spokeswoman said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "How OnStar prepares to save your life," 3 July 2018 At the time, the vessel was making 27 calls in San Diego a year. Lori Weisberg,, "Carnival Cruise Line returning to San Diego after leaving in 2012," 28 June 2018 The video replay seemed to show that the call should have been reversed, but no one looked at it because foul/fair calls in front of home plate are not reviewable. Peter Schmuck,, "MLB needs to rethink how it handles video review at home plate," 27 June 2018 Expect the Twins to be fielding calls in July instead of making them. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside J.D. Martinez's Essential Role With the Red Sox and the Best of Mike Trout," 25 June 2018 Sheriff Deputy Chief Gregory Holness had three drowning calls in one day during his career and said the program is not just about saving children. Wayne K. Roustan,, "No child is too young to learn swimming safety, instructors say," 16 June 2018 Obviously, a referee can't discuss every single controversial call in a game. Ron Higgins,, "Here's a few more changes the SEC needs to push," 5 June 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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