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call

verb

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1 to speak so as to be heard at a distance
  • we could hear someone calling for help from the other side of the wall

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2 to make a telephone call to
  • use this cell phone to call me if there's an emergency

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3 to make a brief visit
  • the hospital posts the hours during which friends and relatives may call

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4 to put an end to (something planned or previously agreed to)
  • the game was called on account of rain

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5 to think of in a particular way
  • I wouldn't quite call that cheating, but it's not entirely ethical either

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6 to utter one's distinctive animal sound
  • the dog called whenever it flushed a quail

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7 to bring together in assembly by or as if by command
  • called all the night workers in for a meeting

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8 to decide the size, amount, number, or distance of (something) without actual measurement
  • let's call that five feet for now, and we'll measure it out later

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9 to demand or request the presence or service of
  • rushed to call a tow truck operator when the car broke down

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10 to give a name to
  • we've decided to call the kitten "Molly"

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11 to request the doing of by virtue of one's authority
  • the union president is refusing to call a strike

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12 to tell of or describe beforehand
  • somehow the political pundit called the race results within a mere percentage point

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call

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of call (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a natural vocal sound made by an animal
  • a ranger who could immediately identify the call of every creature in the forest

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2 a coming to see another briefly for social or business reasons
  • we paid a call on the new neighbors the day after they moved in

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3 a communication by telephone
  • give me a call as soon as you arrive, so I'll know you got there safely

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4 an act or instance of asking for information
  • put out a call for background information about the suspect

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5 an entitlement to something
  • you have no call to insult people

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6 a position arrived at after consideration
  • I told you my preference for a cruise destination, but it's your call

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7 the state of being sought after especially for purchase
  • there's not much call for woodstoves in this part of the country

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Frequently Asked Questions About call

How is the word call different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of call are cite, convene, convoke, muster, and summon. While all these words mean "to demand the presence of," call may be used less formally for summon.

called the legislature into special session

When can cite be used instead of call?

The words cite and call are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge.

cited for drunken driving

How do convene and convoke relate to one another, in the sense of call?

Convene is somewhat less formal than convoke.

convened the students

Where would convoke be a reasonable alternative to call?

The meanings of convoke and call largely overlap; however, convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes.

convoked a Vatican council

When is muster a more appropriate choice than call?

In some situations, the words muster and call are roughly equivalent. However, muster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole.

mustered the troops

In what contexts can summon take the place of call?

Although the words summon and call have much in common, summon implies the exercise of authority.

was summoned to answer charges

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The first known use of call was before the 12th century

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“Call.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/call. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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