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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They were joined by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., who missed the earlier roll call. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails," 27 Mar. 2019 Polls show that Macedonia is likely to vote in favor of the new name on September 30, which would officially put North Macedonia on the roll call of nations. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macedonia Is Getting a New Name (Sort Of)," 27 Aug. 2018 The past two decades have seen a roll call of near-miss catastrophes. Ron Klain, Vox, "A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it," 15 Oct. 2018 Sunday, June 10, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Conducting a roll call of the current members of a classic rock ensemble is a grim but necessary exercise when a venerable band’s musicians are famed soloists. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 7-13: Dierks Bentley, David Byrne, Yes, Ledisi, John Butler Trio," 5 June 2018 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted that Kavanaugh would win approval, despite the new allegations and uncertainty about how pivotal Republicans would vote in a roll call now expected early next week. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "GOP lines up Kavanaugh vote plan as showdown hearing nears," 25 Sep. 2018 That’s a dangerous roll call for Democrats just months ahead of the midterms. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dem Civil War: Fury over Trump summit threatens to expose new party divisions," 19 July 2018 The vote on a new speaker will be among the first cast in the new Congress, a dramatic roll call that often becomes fodder for campaign ads. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Freshman Dems face thorny first vote: Yes or no on Pelosi," 19 Nov. 2018 The event also came as top House Republicans worked to head off an attempt by party moderates to force roll calls on four immigration bills. Jill Colvin,, "Trump refers to some who cross border illegally as 'animals'," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of roll call

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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