What does call mean?

Definitions for callkɔl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word call.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. call, phone call, telephone call(noun)

    a telephone connection

    "she reported several anonymous calls"; "he placed a phone call to London"; "he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call"

  2. Call(noun)

    a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course

    "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"

  3. cry, outcry, call, yell, shout, vociferation(noun)

    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

    "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"

  4. call, claim(noun)

    a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

  5. birdcall, call, birdsong, song(noun)

    the characteristic sound produced by a bird

    "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"

  6. call(noun)

    a brief social visit

    "senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"; "the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence"

  7. margin call, call(noun)

    a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement

  8. call(noun)

    a demand for a show of hands in a card game

    "after two raises there was a call"

  9. call(noun)

    a request

    "many calls for Christmas stories"; "not many calls for buggywhips"

  10. call(noun)

    an instruction that interrupts the program being executed

    "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"

  11. call(noun)

    a visit in an official or professional capacity

    "the pastor's calls on his parishioners"; "the salesman's call on a customer"

  12. call(noun)

    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee

    "he was ejected for protesting the call"

  13. call option, call(verb)

    the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date

  14. name, call(verb)

    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

    "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"

  15. call(verb)

    ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality

    "He called me a bastard"; "She called her children lazy and ungrateful"

  16. call, telephone, call up, phone, ring(verb)

    get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

    "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"

  17. shout, shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall(verb)

    utter a sudden loud cry

    "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

  18. call, send for(verb)

    order, request, or command to come

    "She was called into the director's office"; "Call the police!"

  19. visit, call in, call(verb)

    pay a brief visit

    "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"

  20. call(verb)

    call a meeting; invite or command to meet

    "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"; "The new dean calls meetings every week"

  21. call(verb)

    read aloud to check for omissions or absentees

    "Call roll"

  22. call(verb)

    send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message

    "Hawaii is calling!"; "A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"

  23. call(verb)

    utter a characteristic note or cry

    "bluejays called to one another"

  24. call(verb)

    stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

    "call a football game"

  25. address, call(verb)

    greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name

    "He always addresses me with `Sir'"; "Call me Mister"; "She calls him by first name"

  26. call(verb)

    make a stop in a harbour

    "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"

  27. call, call in(verb)

    demand payment of (a loan)

    "Call a loan"

  28. bid, call(verb)

    make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

    "He called his trump"

  29. call, call off(verb)

    give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance

  30. call(verb)

    indicate a decision in regard to

    "call balls and strikes behind the plate"

  31. predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promise(verb)

    make a prediction about; tell in advance

    "Call the outcome of an election"

  32. call(verb)

    require the presentation of for redemption before maturation

    "Call a bond"

  33. call(verb)

    challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense

    "He deserves to be called on that"

  34. call(verb)

    declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

    "call a runner out"

  35. call(verb)

    lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal

    "Call ducks"

  36. call(verb)

    order or request or give a command for

    "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"

  37. call(verb)

    order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role

    "He was already called 4 times for jury duty"; "They called him to active military duty"

  38. call(verb)

    utter in a loud voice or announce

    "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"

  39. call(verb)

    challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of

    "call the speaker on a question of fact"

  40. call(verb)

    consider or regard as being

    "I would not call her beautiful"

  41. call(verb)

    rouse somebody from sleep with a call

    "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"


  1. call(Noun)

    A telephone conversation.

  2. call(Noun)

    A social visit.

    I paid a call to a dear friend of mine.

  3. call(Noun)

    A cry or shout.

    He heard a call from the other side of the room.

  4. call(Noun)

    A decision or judgement.

    That was a good call.

  5. call(Noun)

    The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.

    That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.

  6. call(Noun)

    A beckoning or summoning.

    I had to yield to the call of the wild.

  7. call(Noun)

    An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time.

  8. call(Noun)

    The act of calling to the other batsman.

  9. call(Noun)

    The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)

  10. call(Verb)

    To request, summon, or beckon.

    That person is hurt, call for help!

  11. call(Verb)

    To cry or shout.

    I can't see you. Call out to me so I can find you.

  12. call(Verb)

    To contact by telephone.

    Why don't you call me in the morning.

  13. call(Verb)

    To pay a social visit.

    We could always call on a friend.

  14. call(Verb)

    To name or refer to.

    Why don't we dispense with the formalities. Please call me Al.

  15. call(Verb)

    (reflexively: to be called) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name.

  16. call(Verb)

    (of a batsman): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they should take a run.

  17. call(Verb)

    (of a fielder): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch (thus avoiding collisions.)

  18. call(Verb)

    To match or equal the amount of poker chips in the pot as the player that bet.

  19. call(Noun)

    A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call).

  20. call(Noun)

    The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the point.

  21. call(Noun)

    A statement of a particular state, or rule, made in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.

    There was a 20 dollar bet on the table, and my call was 9.

  22. call(Noun)

    The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.

  23. call(Verb)

    (with an object preceded by the preposition for) To require, demand.

    This job calls for patience.

  24. call(Verb)

    To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.

    My partner called 2 spades.

  25. call(Verb)

    To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium.

  26. call(Verb)

    To demand repayment of a loan.

  27. call(Verb)

    To predict.

    He called twelve of the last three recessions.

  28. call(Verb)

    To declare in advance.

    The captains call the coin toss.

  29. call(Verb)

    To jump to (another part of a program) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion.

  30. Origin: From callen, from ceallian and kalla; both from kalzōnan, from gal(o)s-. Cognate with kallen, kallen, kalla, kalle, kalla, gloria, galw, głos, galsas. More at glory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Call(verb)

    to command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant

  2. Call(verb)

    to summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially of a religious character; -- often used of a divine summons; as, to be called to the ministry; sometimes, to invite; as, to call a minister to be the pastor of a church

  3. Call(verb)

    to invite or command to meet; to convoke; -- often with together; as, the President called Congress together; to appoint and summon; as, to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen

  4. Call(verb)

    to give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name

  5. Call(verb)

    to regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate

  6. Call(verb)

    to state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact; as, they call the distance ten miles; he called it a full day's work

  7. Call(verb)

    to show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of

  8. Call(verb)

    to utter in a loud or distinct voice; -- often with off; as, to call, or call off, the items of an account; to call the roll of a military company

  9. Call(verb)

    to invoke; to appeal to

  10. Call(verb)

    to rouse from sleep; to awaken

  11. Call(verb)

    to speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to

  12. Call(verb)

    to make a demand, requirement, or request

  13. Call(verb)

    to make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders

  14. Call(noun)

    the act of calling; -- usually with the voice, but often otherwise, as by signs, the sound of some instrument, or by writing; a summons; an entreaty; an invitation; as, a call for help; the bugle's call

  15. Call(noun)

    a signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty

  16. Call(noun)

    an invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor

  17. Call(noun)

    a requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal

  18. Call(noun)

    a divine vocation or summons

  19. Call(noun)

    vocation; employment

  20. Call(noun)

    a short visit; as, to make a call on a neighbor; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders

  21. Call(noun)

    a note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds

  22. Call(noun)

    a whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty

  23. Call(noun)

    the cry of a bird; also a noise or cry in imitation of a bird; or a pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry

  24. Call(noun)

    a reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc., on the land

  25. Call(noun)

    the privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on

  26. Call(noun)

    see Assessment, 4


  1. Call

    Call is a band from Lahore, Pakistan, formed by Zulfiqar J. Khan, Danish J. Khan, Khurram J. Khan and Omer Pervaiz. In 1996, the band's guitarist, Omer Pervaiz left to concentrate on his solo project, Naqsh and the band bassist, Shahzad Hameed, left to pursuit his own solo project. Ahsan Fida Khan and Faisal Murtaza recruited their places. On October 20, 2001, Danish J. Khan, the band’s vocalist and lyricist, performed for the last time and later on left the band. Khurram Jabbar Khan moved to the United States, Zulfiqar J. Khan concentrated on his band Paradigm while Ahsan and Faisal moved on to fulfill family obligations. However, the band reformed in 2002 and after a few line-up changes, released their debut album, Jilawatan in late 2005.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Call

    kawl, v.i. to cry aloud (with out; to, after, at, up, down): to make a short visit (with upon, for, at).—v.t. to name: to summon: to appoint or proclaim: to designate or reckon: to select for a special office, as in 'called to be an apostle,' 'to be called to the bar:' (coll.) to call bad names to some one.—n. a summons or invitation: an impulse: a demand: a short visit: a shrill whistle: the cry of a bird: admission to the rank of barrister: an invitation to the pastorate of a congregation, also the written form of such with appended list of names of persons concurring: (coll.) occasion, cause.—ns. Call′-at-large, a form of pastoral call sometimes adopted by a presbytery where a congregation is not unanimous, in which the name of the person to be called is not inscribed beforehand, and names cannot be adhibited by mandate; Call′-bird, a bird trained to allure others into snares; Call′-boy, a boy who waits upon the prompter in a theatre, and calls the actors when wanted on the stage; Call′er, one who pays a short visit; Call′ing, that station to which a person is called by Providence to fill: one's trade, profession, or occupation; Call′ing-crab, a popular name for the fiddler-crab, which waves its larger claw when disturbed; Call′-note, the note by which a bird or beast calls its young.—Call attention to, to point out; Call away, to divert the mind; Call back, to recall; Call for, to ask loudly: claim; Call forth, to bring or summon to action; Call for trumps, to lay down such cards at whist as will induce one's partner to lead a trump; Call in, to bring in from outside, as the notes in circulation, &c.; Call in question, to challenge; Call off, to summon away; Call on, or upon, to invoke, appeal to; Call out, to challenge to fight, esp. a duel: to summon to service, bring into operation; Call over, to read aloud a list; Call to account, to summon to render an account; Call up, to summon from beneath, or to a tribunal. [A.S. ceallian; Ice. kalla, Dut. kallen.]

  2. Call

    kawl, n. (Spens.) a caul or cap.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'call' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #892

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'call' in Written Corpus Frequency: #331

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'call' in Nouns Frequency: #501

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'call' in Verbs Frequency: #38


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of call in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of call in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith:

    It's a tough call.

  2. Beth Sworobuk of Washington:

    I call that stealing.

  3. Andy Cole:

    We call it eructation.

  4. Tim Cook:

    We simply call it, TV.

  5. Jacqui Gonzales:

    I still call the phone.

Images & Illustrations of call

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Translations for call

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تلفن, اتصل, سمى, دعا, دعوةArabic
  • тэлефанаваць, званіць, клікаць, патэлефанаваць, пазваніць, клікнуцьBelarusian
  • посещение, призив, вик, повикване, крясък, визита, разговор, анонсирам, назовавам, посещавам, обаждам се, викам, звъня, повиквам, наричам се, наричамBulgarian
  • crit, trucada, crida, telefonada, visita, xiscle, xillar, cridar, tocar, dir-se, visitar, trucar, telefonar, xisclarCatalan, Valencian
  • chjamàCorsican
  • křik, volání, hovor, zavolat, křičet, volat, říkat, zatelefonovat, navštívit, telefonovatCzech
  • galwadWelsh
  • telefonopkald, opkaldDanish
  • Option, Ruf, Besuch, Anruf, Bereitschaftsdienst, Notdienst, Lockruf, Laut, anrufen, anbellen, anbimmeln, antelefonieren, anläuten, rufen, heißen, besuchen, herbeirufen, nennen, aufringen, anklingeln, durchrufen, telefonierenGerman
  • αναφώνηση, επίσκεψη, κάλεσμα, τιτίβισμα, εφημερία, κλήση, κραυγή, ξεφωνητό, τηλεφώνημα, πρόσκληση, καλώ, τηλεφωνώ, φωνάζωGreek
  • voko, vokiEsperanto
  • convocatoria, grito, llamada, canto, visita, llamar, visitar, gritarSpanish
  • تلفن کردن, زنگ زدن, صدا زدنPersian
  • puhelinsoitto, kutsu, vierailu, huuto, käynti, soitto, kutsuhuuto, soittaa, nimetä, kutsuaFinnish
  • exécution, chant, appel, sur appel, cri, visite, téléphoner, appelé, crier, faire appel, visiter, appeler, suivreFrench
  • glao, glaoch, tabhair arIrish
  • gairmScottish Gaelic
  • berro, chamada, visita, berrar, chamar, visitarGalician
  • ציוץ, צלצול, קרא, נקרא, צלצלHebrew
  • फ़ोन करना, पुकारना, कहना, बुलानाHindi
  • releHaitian Creole
  • nevez, kiált, felhív, hív, meglátogatHungarian
  • կանչ, այցելություն, զանգ, այցելել, զանգել, կանչել, կոչվել, կոչել, գոռալ, անվանվել, անվանել, զանգահարելArmenian
  • dipanggilIndonesian
  • telefonar, vokarIdo
  • hróp, heimsókn, kall, símtal, kalla, hringja í, hrópa, heilsa upp á, heimsækjaIcelandic
  • telefonata, visita, turno, grido, chiamata, saluto, urlo, richiamo, capatina, canto, convocazione, coprire, chiamare, visitare, gridareItalian
  • 通話, 呼び出し, 呼び, 叫び, 来訪, 呼び声, 訪問, 鳴き声, 電話をかける, 叫ぶ, 呼ぶ, 訪ねる, 電話Japanese
  • 부름, 외침, 통화, 울음, 방문, 전화, 전화하다, 소리치다, 불리다, 방문하다, 부르다, 찾아가다, 외치다, 불러내다Korean
  • بانگKurdish
  • clamo, vocōLatin
  • Ruff, UruffLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • sauktLatvian
  • karangaMāori
  • вик, повик, крик, посета, се јавува, вика, повикува, нарекува, посетува, навраќа, телефонира, ѕвониMacedonian
  • panggilMalay
  • telefoongesprek, bezoek, roep, oproep, vragen, heten, bezoeken, schreeuwen, opbellen, roepen, aanroepen, meegaan, noemenDutch
  • kalleNorwegian
  • krzyk, zew, wołanie, wezwanie, rozmowa telefoniczna, okrzyk, wizyta, wywołanie, zatelefonować, wołać, wezwać, telefonować, dzwonić, nazywać się, zadzwonić, zawołać, nazywać, wzywaćPolish
  • بللPashto, Pushto
  • chamada, grito, visita, ligação, chamado, telefonema, canto, chamar-se, visitar, requerer, gritar, ligar, chamar, telefonarPortuguese
  • telefon, clamer, cridar, numnar, clomar, clamarRomansh
  • vizită, chemare, telefona, chema, suna, striga, numiRomanian
  • зов, крик, визит, звонок, вызов, голос, кричать, позвонить, называться, называть, крикнуть, вызвать, позвать, навестить, назвать, вызывать, звать, навещать, назваться, звонить, зватьсяRussian
  • आव्हेSanskrit
  • ciamareSardinian
  • telefonski poziv, звати, zvatiSerbo-Croatian
  • telefonovať, volať, zavolať, zatelefonovaťSlovak
  • klic, poklicatiSlovene
  • besök, telefonsamtal, fågelsång, anrop, rop, hojta, ropa, syna, hälsa på, telefonera, anropa, heta, besöka, ringa, kallaSwedish
  • kilio, mwito, kuitwa, kuita, kupiga simuSwahili
  • పిలుపు, పిలుచు, అనుTelugu
  • tawag, tawaganTagalog
  • çağrı, aramakTurkish
  • позвати, покликати, подзвонити, дзвонити, звати, кликатиUkrainian
  • بلانا, کہنا, پکارناUrdu
  • טעלעפֿאָנירןYiddish
  • biza ngokuthi, biza, memezaZulu

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