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

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
Recent Examples on the Web All board votes must be by roll call vote, and in membership meetings at which votes are counted the Inspector’s counting must be on camera. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 The lengthier, traditional process would require debate and a recorded roll call vote. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 An earlier roll call showed Sen. Kirk Hatcher voted against the bill. Mike Cason |, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Johnson said managers went so far as to take a roll call in hopes of finding out who had left work. NBC News, 13 Dec. 2021 Some left anyway, and employee Elijah Johnson told NBC News that managers took a roll call to try to determine who was gone. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 13 Dec. 2021 Those additions pushed Wagner, a fourth-line right wing, and Moore, a spare blue liner, deeper down the roster roll call., 10 Oct. 2021 Instead, the committee took a roll call, approving the legislation on a party-line vote. Alexa Ura, Chron, 14 July 2021 Sometimes, as happened on Nov. 10, Le Mons was marked absent during roll call before arriving late. Hannah Wiley Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Roll call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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