\ 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 In this urgent situation, unnecessary delays in care from trying to call in additional staff or refer her to another facility may cause her irreparable harm. Sarah C. Hull, STAT, "Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?," 8 Nov. 2019 Included in testimony were jail phone calls in which Spencer was actively working to keep a witness from coming to court to testify against him. Carol Robinson |, al, "19-year-old pleads guilty to 3 Birmingham murders committed when he was 15," 24 Oct. 2019 Carter also had a bruised tailbone and was a game-time call in the preseason finale against the Hawks because of a left thumb sprain. Phil Thompson,, "Will the Bulls make the playoffs? What’s the injury situation? 5 storylines to watch as the season gets set to tip off.," 22 Oct. 2019 Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press There weren't as many controversial calls in Sunday's 42-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings as there were last week against the Green Bay Packers, but that's doesn't mean there weren't any. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Another controversial penalty hurts Detroit Lions. Was it correct call?," 20 Oct. 2019 Indeed, there were more questionable calls in the third quarter, when Watson was again picked off in the end zone, this time by Charvarius Ward. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chiefs’ Reid shoulders responsibility for loss to Texans," 13 Oct. 2019 There were reportedly other calls in which Trump importuned the Ukrainians this way. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Trump Did It, but Should He Be Impeached?," 27 Sep. 2019 Offensive goaltending can be a ridiculous call in the NBA, eliminating a basket that simply found a player in exactly the right place to tip or slam one home. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors glad to be home as injury bug buzzes U.S. World Cup team," 5 Sep. 2019 There were as many as five calls in a four-hour period some days, well above average according to the document., "Catholic Charities to take over St. Francis Dining Hall in Southeast Portland," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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