roll call


Definition of roll call 

1 : the act or an instance of calling off a list of names (as for checking attendance) also : a time for a roll call

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Examples of roll call in a Sentence

Two students missed roll call. the roll call of the fallen was read aloud at the memorial service

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The roll call seemed to empower GOP conservatives on the fraught issue. Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro,, "House rejects Republican immigration bill, ignoring Trump," 27 June 2018 And the expected roll call of jazz greats includes Pat Metheny, Robert Glasper, Joshua Redman, Gregory Porter and Mary Halvorson. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "15 Pop Music Festivals to Catch This Summer," 17 May 2018 When the roll call is sounded of business deals that looked like a good idea at the time but went massively wrong, special notice should go to the merger of the tuna packagers Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea, announced in late 2014. Michael Hiltzik,, "The Bumble Bee tuna price-fixing case could point to the future of white-collar prosecutions," 24 May 2018 At the meeting, City Council members made a point of showing their stance on the center before the roll call. Lolly Bowean,, "Obama Presidential Center gets green light from full City Council," 23 May 2018 Jay Kemme, who forwarded a copy of one of the roll call meeting recordings to a private investigator outside the department against CPD rules. James Pilcher,, "Cincinnati FOP president Hils, CPD lieutenant reprimanded for 'urban ghetto' incident," 10 May 2018 But this year, the Legislature’s delay undercuts its power because the formal legislative session ends July 31, and a formal roll call vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout,, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 There could come a time when Danny Ainge’s trading of Jeff Green three years ago will be hailed as another of his celebrated capers, with the Memphis Grizzlies added to the roll call of the hoodwinked. New York Times, "Look Who Answered LeBron’s Call: Jeff Green, the Former Celtic," 28 May 2018 The roll call of countries, a traditional part of the every naturalization ceremony, finished with Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Syria, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam. Karen Berkowitz,, "142 immigrants become U.S. citizens in Highland Park ceremony: 'It is a great privilege'," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of roll call

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roll call was in 1763

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English Language Learners Definition of roll call

: the act of saying each of the names on a list to find out who is present

: a list of people or things

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Legal Definition of roll call 

: the act or an instance of calling off a list of names (as for checking attendance) specifically : an act or instance of calling the roll of a legislative body to determine if there is a quorum or to vote on a matter

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