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call·​out ˈkȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce callout (audio)
: the act or an instance of calling out
: an often bordered inset in a printed article or illustration that usually includes a key excerpt or detail

call out

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called out; calling out; calls out

transitive verb

: to summon into action
call out troops
: to challenge to a duel
: to order on strike
call out the workers
: 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
Audiences may notice a visual homage to the Tupac Shakur film Juice, or the Walker Wear clothing among the costumes, or Lauren Vélez of New York Confidential within the cast — among many other callouts. Nick Romano,, 9 May 2023 The Idaho Education Association shared our callout with 10,000 members and asked for 200 flyers to put up in schools. Asia Fields, Idaho Statesman, 27 Mar. 2024 Fixed a bug with some callouts for pushing the payload playing at incorrect moments. Kris Holt, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 MasterChef Australia is set to return in 2024, with Channel 10 already sharing a casting callout for Season 16. Alicia Vrajlal,, 24 July 2023 The clip then ends with a callout announcing that a trailer for Despicable Me 4, which is due to hit theaters later this year, is now available to watch. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 For new players, many of them are presented without deeper context, treated like character appearances in late-stage Marvel films, whose purpose exist as a callout or tease to unfamiliar plotlines that aren’t resolved or remotely set up. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024 Students and recent graduates told their friends about the callout while the Idaho Business for Education and the American Institute of Architects Idaho sent it to their members. Asia Fields, ProPublica, 15 Dec. 2023 The occupants of the house were asked to come outside and, while some people exited the home, a man and a woman stayed inside and did not respond to police callouts, according to San Diego Lt. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024
What sticks in her mind is when Hill called out Holcomb for the mask mandates. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2024 This is far from the first time artists have called out tech companies for their use of AI. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024 The issues called out by Irish campaign groups are also beating the same drum as those highlighted across Europe. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 3 Apr. 2024 The Giants runners advanced to second and third, but Soler was ruled out for the second out of the inning, and the threat was extinguished a batter later when LaMonte Wade Jr. was called out on strikes. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 In the court documents, police stated that residents said that officers had previously been called out for physical altercations between the two roommates. The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 In an interview with the New York Post, the union leader took it a step further and called out City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams by name. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 At the third door, a man answered and called out to the boy. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Entertainment Weekly has learned that audience members are typically asked to put their phones away before the broadcast begins, and the audience member Goldberg called out was permitted to stay for the rest of the show, despite shooting a portion of the program. Joey Nolfi,, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of callout was in the 15th century

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“Callout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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