call

call

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English

Etymology

From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian (to call, shout) and Old Norse kalla (to call; shout; refer to as; name); both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōną (to call, shout), from Proto-Indo-European *gal(o)s-, *glōs-, *golH-so- (voice, cry). Cognate with Scots call, caw, ca (to call, cry, shout), Dutch kallen (to chat, talk), German dialectal kallen (to talk; talk loudly or too much), Swedish kalla (to call, refer to, beckon), Norwegian kalle (to call, name), Icelandic kalla (to call, shout, name), Latin glōria (fame, honour, glory), Welsh galw (to call, demand), Polish głos (voice), Lithuanian gal̃sas (echo), Russian голос (golos, voice). More at glory.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: kôl, IPA(key): /kɔːl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /kɔl/, [kʰɔl]
  • (US, cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /kɑl/, [kʰɑl]
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl

Noun

call (plural calls)

  1. A telephone conversation.
    I received several phone calls today.
    I received several calls today.
  2. A short visit, usually for social purposes.
    I paid a call to a dear friend of mine.
    • Cowper
      the baker's punctual call
  3. (nautical) A visit by a ship or boat to a port.
    The ship made a call at Southampton.
  4. A cry or shout.
    He heard a call from the other side of the room.
  5. A decision or judgement.
    That was a good call.
  6. The characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.
    That sound is the distinctive call of the cuckoo bird.
  7. A beckoning or summoning.
    I had to yield to the call of the wild.
    • Addison
      Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity.
    • Macaulay
      running into danger without any call of duty
  8. The right to speak at a given time during a debate or other public event; the floor.
  9. (finance) An option to buy stock at a specified price during or at a specified time.
  10. (cricket) The act of calling to the other batsman.
  11. (cricket) The state of being the batsman whose role it is to call (depends on where the ball goes.)
  12. A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call).
    • 1978, Alan E. Nourse, The Practice,[1] Harper & Row, →ISBN:
      page 48: “Mondays would be great, especially after a weekend of call.”
      page 56: “ [] I’ve got call tonight, and all weekend, but I’ll be off tomorrow to help you some.”
    • 2007, William D. Bailey, You Will Never Run Out of Jesus, CrossHouse Publishing, →ISBN:
      page 29: I took general-surgery call at Bossier Medical Center and asked special permission to take general-medical call, which was gladly given away by the older staff members: [] . You would be surprised at how many surgical cases came out of medical call.
      page 206: My first night of primary medical call was greeted about midnight with a very ill 30-year-old lady who had a temperature of 103 degrees.
    • 2008, Jamal M. Bullocks et al., Plastic Surgery Emergencies: Principles and Techniques, Thieme, →ISBN, page ix:
      We attempted to include all topics that we ourselves have faced while taking plastic surgery call at the affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in the world, which sees over 100,000 patients per day.
    • 2009, Steven Louis Shelley, A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, page 171:
      The columns in the second rectangle show fewer hours, but part of that is due to the fact that there's a division between a work call and a show call.
  13. (computing) The act of jumping to a subprogram, saving the means to return to the original point.
  14. 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.
  15. (poker) The act of matching a bet made by a player who has previously bet in the same round of betting.
  16. A note blown on the horn to encourage the dogs in a hunt.
  17. (nautical) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate to summon the sailors to duty.
  18. A pipe or other instrument to call birds or animals by imitating their note or cry. A game call.
  19. An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  20. (archaic) Vocation; employment; calling.
  21. (US, law) 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.
  22. (informal, slang, prostitution) A meeting with a client for paid sex; hookup; job.

Quotations

  • 2007, Latina, volume 11, page 101:
    We actually have a call tomorrow, which is a Sunday, right after my bridal shower. I have to make enchiladas for 10 people!

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Verb

call (third-person singular simple present calls, present participle calling, simple past and past participle called or call'd)

  1. (heading) To use one's voice.
    1. (intransitive) To request, summon, or beckon.
      • (Can we date this quote?) John Bunyan
        They called for rooms, and he showed them one.
    2. (intransitive) To cry or shout.
      • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
        You must call to the nurse.
      • (Can we date this quote?) Rudyard Kipling, Merrow Down
        For far — oh, very far behind, / So far she cannot call to him, / Comes Tegumai alone to find / The daughter that was all to him!
    3. (transitive) To utter in a loud or distinct voice.
      • (Can we date this quote?) John Gay
        no parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear
    4. (transitive, intransitive) To contact by telephone.
    5. (transitive) To declare in advance.
    6. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
      • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
        If thou canst awake by four o' the clock, / I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly.
    7. To declare (an effort or project) to be a failure.
  2. (heading, intransitive) To visit.
    1. To pay a (social) visit (often used with "on", "round", or "at"; used by salespeople with "again" to invite customers to come again).
      • (Can we date this quote?) William Temple
        He ordered her to call at the house once a week.
    2. To stop at a station or port.
  3. (heading) To name, identify or describe.
    1. (ditransitive) To name or refer to.
      • The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
      • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
        I am your boss, Caty Weaver. But, please call me Caty. ― Thank you, Ms. Weaver. ― Just Caty. ― Sure thing, Ms. Weaver. ― Okay then.
    2. (in passive) Of a person, to have as one's name; of a thing, to have as its name.
    3. (transitive) To predict.
    4. To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact.
      • (Can we date this quote?) John Brougham
        [The] army is called seven hundred thousand men.
    5. (obsolete) To disclose the class or character of; to identify.
      • (Can we date this quote?) Beaumont and Fletcher
        This speech calls him Spaniard.
  4. (heading, sports) Direct or indirect use of the voice.
    1. (cricket) (of a batsman): To shout directions to the other batsman on whether or not they should take a run.
    2. (baseball, cricket) (of a fielder): To shout to other fielders that he intends to take a catch (thus avoiding collisions).
    3. (intransitive, poker) To equal the same amount that other players are currently betting.
      I bet $800 and Jane raised to $1600. My options: call (match her $1600 bet), reraise or fold.
    4. (intransitive, poker, proscribed) To match the current bet amount, in preparation for a raise in the same turn. (Usually, players are forbidden to announce one's play this way.)
      I'll call your 300, and raise to 600!
    5. (transitive) To state, or invoke a rule, in many games such as bridge, craps, jacks, and so on.
  5. (transitive, sometimes with for) To require, demand.
    • Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations.
  6. (transitive, finance) To announce the early extinction of a debt by prepayment, usually at a premium.
  7. (transitive, banking) To demand repayment of a loan.
  8. (transitive, computing) To jump to (another part of a program) to perform some operation, returning to the original point on completion.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:shout
  • See also Thesaurus:telephone

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Translations


Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈkaʎ/

Etymology 1

From Latin callis (alley, narrow street, passageway)

Noun

call m (plural calls)

  1. passageway

Etymology 2

From Latin callum.

Noun

call m (uncountable)

  1. corn

Etymology 3

Borrowed from Hebrew קָהָל(qahál, assembly, synagogue).

Noun

call m (plural calls)

  1. Jewish quarter

Irish

Etymology 1

Alternative forms

  • cál

Noun

call m (genitive singular call)

  1. call, need
  2. claim, right
Declension
Derived terms
  • gan chall (needlessly)

Etymology 2

Noun

call m (genitive singular caill)

  1. Alternative form of coll (hazel)
Declension

Mutation

Further reading

  • "call" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “call” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “call” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

call m (genitive singular calla, plural callaidhean)

  1. verbal noun of caill
  2. loss
  3. waste

Derived terms

  • call cumhachd

Mutation


Welsh

Adjective

call (feminine singular call, plural call, equative called, comparative callach, superlative callaf)

  1. wise, sensible, rational
    Synonyms: doeth, deallus

Derived terms

  • callineb (wisdom, rationality)
  • callio (to become wise)

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