- call [kôl]vt.[ME callen < Late OE ceallian & or < ON kalla < IE base * gal-, to scream, shriek > Brythonic galw, call, Ger klage & (?) MIr gall, swan]1. to say or read in a loud tone; shout; announce [to call the names of stations]2. to command or ask to come; summon [call him to supper]3. to summon to a specific duty, profession, etc. [the army called him]4. to convoke judicially or officially [to call a meeting]5.a) to give or apply a name to [call the baby Ann]b) to designate [they called her a cheat]6. to consider or describe as specified [I call it silly]7. to direct (attention) to8. to awaken [call me at six]9. to communicate with by telephone10. to give orders for [to call a strike ]☆ 11. to stop or halt [game called because of rain]12. to demand or order payment of (a loan or bond issue)13. to utter or chant directions for (a square dance)☆ 14. to imitate the sounds of in order to attract (a bird or animal)15.a) in pool, to describe (the shot one plans to make)b) to predict☆ 16.a) Poker to equal (the preceding bet) or to equal the bet of (the last previous bettor)b) to challenge on, or force to account for, something said or donec) to expose (someone's bluff) by such action☆ 17. Sportsa) to declare officially to be [the umpire called him out]b) to invoke (a penalty) against (a player or team)vi.1. to speak in a loud tone; shout2. to utter its characteristic cry, as a bird or animal3. to visit for a short while: with on or upon4. to ask that a person do something, esp. speak, as at a meeting: with on or upon5. to telephone☆ 6. Poker to equal the last previous betn.1. an act or instance of calling2. a loud utterance; shout3.a) the distinctive cry of an animal or birdb) a sound made in imitation of such a cry to attract an animal or birdc) a device that makes such a sound4.a) a summons to a meeting, rehearsal, etc.b) the calling up of a quota of men for military service5. a signal on a bugle, drum, etc.6. an act or instance of telephoning7. an economic demand, as for a product8. a request [a call for aid]9. an inner urging toward a certain action or profession, esp. a religious vocation regarded as divinely inspired10. an invitation to accept a position as a minister, teacher, etc.11. power to attract or allure [the call of the wild]12. need; obligation; occasion [no call for tears]13. an order or demand for payment14. a brief visit, esp. a formal or professional visit15. a direction given by a caller of square dances16. ROLL CALL17. an option to buy a given quantity of a stock, commodity, etc. at a specified price and within a specified time: calls are purchased in expectation of a rise in price: cf. PUT (n. 2)18. Bridge a pass, bid, double, or redouble19.a) Sports an official's decision or ruling [a good call by the umpire]b) a decision [“What do you want to do?” “I don't care — it's your call.”]——————call back1. to ask or command to come back2. to telephone again or in return3. to ask purchasers to return (an imperfect or dangerous product), often so that a manufacturing defect can be corrected; recall——————call down1. to invoke☆ 2. Informal to scold sharply; rebuke——————called to the barBrit. admitted to the practice of law as a barrister——————call for1. to demand; require [an emergency that calls for extreme measures]2. to come and get; stop for3. to predict [the forecast calls for snow flurries tonight]——————call forthto bring into action or existence——————call in1. to summon for help or consultation2. to take out of circulation, as coin or bonds3. to demand payment of——————call into questionto raise a question or doubt about——————call off1. to order away; divert2. to read aloud in order from a list3. to cancel (a scheduled event)——————call out1. to speak aloud; shout2. to summon into action3. to summon (workers) to strike——————call timeSports to suspend play temporarily——————call up1. to make someone remember; recall [the aroma of freshly baked bread calls up fond memories]2. to summon, esp. for military duty3. to telephone4. to retrieve (data) or access (a file, menu, etc.) and display on a computer screen——————on call1. available when called for or summoned2. payable on demand——————within callclose enough to hear if calledSYN.- CALL, in this comparison, is the basic word signifying to request the presence of someone at some place [he called the waiter over ]; SUMMON, the more formal term, implies authority or peremptoriness in the request [to summon a witness ]; CONVOKE and CONVENE refer to the summoning of a group to assemble as for deliberation or legislation, but CONVOKE implies greater authority or formality [to convene a class, to convoke a congress ]; INVITE suggests a courteous request for someone's presence, esp. as a guest or participant, and usually suggests that the decision to come rests with the invited
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.