Call Definition

Define what is Call?

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.

telephony, telephone noun
transmitting speech at a distance.


call-back noun
a return call.

collect call noun
a telephone call that the receiving party is asked to pay for.

call-in noun
a telephone call to a radio station or a television station in which the caller participates in the on-going program.

crank call noun
a hostile telephone call (from a crank).

local call noun
a telephone call made within a local calling area.

long-distance call, long distance, trunk call noun
a telephone call made outside the local calling area.

conference call noun
a telephone call in which more than two people participate.

wake-up call noun
a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels).

2. Call, name (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.
Synonyms: name

label verb
assign a label to; designate with a label.


baptise, baptize, christen verb
administer baptism to.

refer verb
use a name to designate.

style, title verb
designate by an identifying term.

dub, nickname verb
give a nickname to.

rename verb
assign a new name to.

title, entitle verb
give a title to.

term verb
name formally or designate with a term.

tag verb
provide with a name or nickname.

3. 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.

label verb
assign a label to; designate with a label.


miscall, misname verb
assign in incorrect name to.

brand, Post verb
mark or expose as infamous.

4. 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.

inclination, tendency, disposition noun
an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others.

5. phone, telephone, call up, Call, 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.

telecommunicate verb
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail.


cell phone verb
call up by using a cellular phone.

call in verb
make a phone call.

6. cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, Call (noun)

a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition.

  • the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience.

utterance, vocalization noun
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication.


Bellow, holloa, hollo, hollering, holler, holla, bellowing, yowl, roar, roaring noun
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal).

blue murder noun
an extravagantly loud outcry.

catcall noun
a cry expressing disapproval.

clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry, clamor noun
loud and persistent outcry from many people.

halloo noun
a shout to attract attention.

hoot noun
a loud raucous cry (as of an owl).

hosanna noun
a cry of praise or adoration (to God).

noise noun
a loud outcry of protest or complaint.

scream, screaming, shriek, shrieking, screech, screeching noun
sharp piercing cry.

whoop noun
a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement.

battle cry, war whoop, rallying cry, war cry noun
a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle.

yelling, shouting noun
uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement.

yodel noun
a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto.

boo, Bronx cheer, razz, razzing, hiss, hoot, snort, raspberry, bird noun
a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt.

7. Call, claim (noun)

a demand especially in the phrase.

  • the call of duty.
Synonyms: claim

demand noun
an urgent or peremptory request.

8. cry, scream, shout out, yell, holler, shout, squall, hollo, Call (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.

let loose, let out, utter, emit verb
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words).


hollo verb
cry hollo.

hurrah verb
shout `hurrah!'.

halloo verb
shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention.

whoop verb
shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm.

pipe, shriek, shrill, pipe up verb
utter a shrill cry.

howl, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl, roar verb
emit long loud cries.

skreigh, squawk, screak, screech, skreak verb
utter a harsh abrupt scream.

9. birdcall, birdsong, Song, Call (noun)

the characteristic sound produced by a bird.

  • a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age.
Synonyms: birdcall, birdsong, Song

animal communication noun
communication between animals (of the same species).


bell-like call noun
a birdcall that resembles the tone of a bell.

two-note call noun
a birdcall having two notes.

10. send for, Call (verb)

order, request, or command to come.

  • She was called into the director's office.
  • Call the police!.
Synonyms: send for

Order, enjoin, Tell, say verb
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.


summon, summons, cite verb
call in an official matter, such as to attend court.

beep verb
call, summon, or alert with a beeper.

call back, recall verb
summon to return.

call in verb
summon to a particular activity or employment.

lift verb
call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs.

muster verb
call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc..

hail verb
call for.

summon verb
ask to come.

mobilise, mobilize, rally, call up verb
call to arms; of military personnel.

11. call in, visit, Call (verb)

pay a brief visit.

  • The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens.
Synonyms: call in, visit

get together, meet verb
get together socially or for a specific purpose.


see verb
go to see for professional or business reasons.

see verb
go to see for a social visit.

come by, drop by, drop in verb
visit informally and spontaneously.

12. 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.

visit noun
the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time.

13. 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.

call for, request, bespeak, quest verb
express the need or desire for; ask for.

14. margin call, Call (noun)

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

    Synonyms: margin call

    demand noun
    an urgent or peremptory request.

    15. Call (verb)

    read aloud to check for omissions or absentees.

    • Call roll.

    read verb
    look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed.

    16. Call (noun)

    a demand for a show of hands in a card game.

    • after two raises there was a call.

    demand noun
    an urgent or peremptory request.

    17. 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.

    telecommunicate verb
    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail.

    18. Call (noun)

    a request.

    • many calls for Christmas stories.
    • not many calls for buggywhips.

    asking, request noun
    the verbal act of requesting.


    recall noun
    a call to return.

    19. Call (noun)

    an instruction that interrupts the program being executed.

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

    program line, instruction, statement, command noun
    (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program.


    function call noun
    a call that passes control to a subroutine; after the subroutine is executed control returns to the next instruction in main program.

    supervisor call instruction, system call noun
    an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor.

    20. Call (verb)

    utter a characteristic note or cry.

    • bluejays called to one another.

    let loose, let out, utter, emit verb
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words).

    21. Call (noun)

    a visit in an official or professional capacity.

    • the pastor's calls on his parishioners.
    • the salesman's call on a customer.

    visit noun
    the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity.


    round noun
    (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order).

    22. Call (verb)

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

    • call a football game.

    defer, shelve, set back, table, put off, prorogue, postpone, remit, put over, hold over verb
    hold back to a later time.

    23. Call (noun)

    (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee.

    • he was ejected for protesting the call.

    decision, determination, conclusion noun
    the act of making up your mind about something.

    24. 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.
    Synonyms: address

    address, turn to verb
    speak to.

    25. Call (verb)

    make a stop in a harbour.

    • The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow.

    stop over, stop verb
    interrupt a trip.

    26. call option, Call (noun)

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

      Synonyms: call option
      Antonyms: put, put option (noun)

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


      option noun
      the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited.

      27. call in, Call (verb)

      demand payment of (a loan).

      • Call a loan.
      Synonyms: call in

      exact, demand verb
      claim as due or just.

      28. bid, Call (verb)

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

      • He called his trump.
      Synonyms: bid

      play verb
      participate in games or sport.


      raise verb
      bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level.

      double verb
      bridge: make a demand for (a card or suit).

      outcall verb
      make a higher bid than (the previous bid or player); in a card game.

      underbid verb
      bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants.

      outbid verb
      bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled.

      overbid verb
      to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,.

      preempt verb
      make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge.

      29. call off, Call (verb)

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

        Synonyms: call off

        30. Call (verb)

        indicate a decision in regard to.

        • call balls and strikes behind the plate.

        indicate verb
        to state or express briefly.

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

        make a prediction about; tell in advance.

        • Call the outcome of an election.

        hazard, guess, venture, pretend verb
        put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation.


        read verb
        interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior.

        outguess, second-guess verb
        attempt to anticipate or predict.

        augur verb
        predict from an omen.

        bet, wager verb
        maintain with or as if with a bet.

        forecast, calculate verb
        predict in advance.

        prophesy, vaticinate verb
        predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration.

        32. Call (verb)

        require the presentation of for redemption before maturation.

        • Call a bond.

        expect, require, ask verb
        consider obligatory; request and expect.

        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.

        challenge, dispute, gainsay verb
        take exception to.

        34. Call (verb)

        declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee.

        • call a runner out.

        adjudge, declare, hold verb
        declare to be.

        35. Call (verb)

        lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal.

        • Call ducks.

        entice, lure, tempt verb
        provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion.

        36. Call (verb)

        order or request or give a command for.

        • The unions called a general strike for Sunday.

        Order verb
        make a request for something.

        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.

        request verb
        ask (a person) to do something.

        38. Call (verb)

        utter in a loud voice or announce.

        • He called my name.
        • The auctioneer called the bids.

        let loose, let out, utter, emit verb
        express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words).

        39. Call (verb)

        challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of.

        • call the speaker on a question of fact.

        challenge, dispute, gainsay verb
        take exception to.

        40. Call (verb)

        consider or regard as being.

        • I would not call her beautiful.

        consider, regard, view, reckon, see verb
        deem to be.

        41. Call (verb)

        rouse somebody from sleep with a call.

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

        awaken, wake up, waken, rouse, arouse, Wake verb
        cause to become awake or conscious.

        Nearby Terms

        call at (verb)
        enter a harbor

        call attention (verb)
        point out carefully and clearly

        call back (verb)
        cause to be returned

        call box (noun)
        booth for using a telephone

        call center (noun)
        a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)

        call centre (noun)
        a center equipped to handle a large volume of telephone calls (especially for taking orders or serving customers)

        call down (verb)
        summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

        call fire (noun)
        fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit

        call for (verb)
        express the need or desire for; ask for

        call forth (verb)
        evoke or provoke to appear or occur

        call forwarding (noun)
        lets you transfer your incoming calls to any telephone that you can dial direct

        call girl (noun)
        a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone

        call in (verb)
        summon to enter

        call into question (verb)
        challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of

        call it a day (verb)
        stop doing what one is doing