\ 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

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About half of the sheriff’s office’s calls in 2018 were from Centennial, the agency’s 2018 annual report shows. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Centennial was thinking about creating its own police department. The cost would be substantial.," 7 June 2019 Related Stories Police in Seattle received a 911 call in January 2016 saying an unidentified person had reported seeing a young black man with a gun. Bob Egelko,, "Running from police doesn’t make a person a suspect, court says," 5 June 2019 The pair was called in by DePalma and Dutch scientist Jan Smit to consult on the North Dakota project. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Annihilation Event That Killed The Dinosaurs Left This Diverse Graveyard Trapped in Time," 1 Apr. 2019 Vatican police, who have jurisdiction, weren’t called in to investigate. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope requires sex abuse claims be reported in Vatican City," 30 Mar. 2019 Extra police were called in to protect the airport from further drone disruptions. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Gatwick Resumes Flights Once Again After Drone Scare," 21 Dec. 2018 Crews from the Burbank, Los Angeles and Glendale fire departments were called in to battle the blaze. Andy Nguyen,, "Brush fire threatens homes in Burbank, prompts mandatory evacuations," 7 July 2018 Vatican police, who have jurisdiction over the territory, weren’t called in to investigate. Washington Post, "Vatican City still has no policy to fight clergy sex abuse," 1 July 2018 Anonymous tips can be called in at 603-749-6000 or by visiting Emily Sweeney,, "Police in Dover, N.H., say infant’s death at day-care facility was not suspicious," 22 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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