call·​out | \ ˈkȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce callout (audio) \

Definition of callout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of calling out
2 : an often bordered inset in a printed article or illustration that usually includes a key excerpt or detail

call out

called out; calling out; calls out

Definition of call out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to summon into action call out troops
2 : to challenge to a duel
3 : to order on strike call out the workers
4 : to publicly criticize or fault (someone) The FDA will have to start forcing companies to be transparent and call them out on it when they're not.— Massimo Calabresi et al.

Examples of callout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What began as a callout to my fans for a visual artist to work with, ended in meeting a fellow New Zealander with a style of colourful, constantly moving, morphing mind bending life upon the screen. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Opiuo Enlists Animator Dr. D Foothead for Psychedelic 'Kaleidoscope' Video: Exclusive," 8 Aug. 2019 Her callout inspired comedian Wanda Sykes to tweet about her similar experience: Netflix offered the Emmy winner less than $250,000 for her comedy special. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "How to get parity without quitting your job," 5 Sep. 2019 The response to the initial callout for my project was overwhelming. Ashley Larue,, "In order to be proud, we must first be courageous: Members of the LGBTQ community share their journeys with faith, religion," 24 July 2019 Think of these callouts as a mantra someone afraid of flying says to themselves during takeoff. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "FaceApp Is Everyone’s Problem," 19 July 2019 Please help our reporting by filling in our callout or emailing the reporters at Li Zhou, Vox, "New mothers are dying in the US at rates higher than any other developed country.," 26 June 2019 Many of the Anchor releases from this period have clear precedents in the contemporary craft-beer world: a series of fruited beers (Meyer lemon lager, blood orange blonde, mango wheat), a callout to 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon. San Francisco Chronicle, "Is San Francisco's Anchor Brewing having an identity crisis?," 3 Jan. 2015 More shocking even than Spector's public callout of the rapper was the latter's fairly rapid apology. Vogue, "Does Kanye West's Apology For Texting During The Cher Show Mean He's Turning Over a New Leaf?," 4 Dec. 2018 Lucasfilm has also done some work tying various other properties into Rogue One — the animated show Star Wars Rebels led up to the film, and the film had some callouts to the show. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Disney announces a second live-action Star Wars show," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of callout


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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