From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcallcall1 /kɔːl $ kɒːl/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 telephoneTELEPHONE [intransitive, transitive] to telephone someone She calls her father every couple of days. I’ll call you soon. What time did Tony call?call a doctor/the police/a cab etc (=telephone someone and ask them to come to you) I think we should call a doctor. I’m gonna call the cops!► see thesaurus at phoneGrammar• You call someone on the phone: Call me tomorrow. ✗Don’t say: Call to me tomorrow.• If you call to someone, you shout at them to get their attention: He called to the driver to stop. 2 describeCALL/DESCRIBE AS [transitive] to use a word or name to describe someone or something in a particular waycall somebody something Are you calling me a liar? You may call it harmless fun, but I call it pornography.call somebody names (=use insulting names for someone) The other kids used to call me names, but I tried to ignore them.3 have a name [transitive]NAME OF A PERSON to have a particular name or title, or use a particular name or title for someone or somethingbe called something Our son is called Matthew. The arrow that appears on the screen is called a cursor.call somebody something My name’s Virginia, but my friends call me Ginny. Do you want to be called Miss or Ms?call somebody by something I prefer to be called by my middle name.4 give somebody/something a nameNAME OF A PERSONNAME OF A THING [transitive] especially British English to give someone or something the name they will be known by in the future syn name American English What are you going to call the new puppy?call somebody something They’ve decided to call the baby Louise.5 ASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO somethingask/order by speaking [transitive] to ask or order someone to come to youcall somebody into/over/across etc Peter called the waitress over and ordered a large brandy. Marcie was called up to the principal’s office.6 arrangeARRANGE A MEETING, EVENT ETC [transitive] to arrange for something to happen at a particular timecall a meeting/strike/election etc The Security Council has called an emergency session to discuss the crisis. According to the law, the election must be called within the next two months.7 say/shout [intransitive, transitive]SAY/STATE to say or shout something loudly so that someone can hear you I heard someone calling in the distance. ‘I’m coming!’ she called down the stairs. Sheila was just sneaking out when her mother called her. She heard him call her name.call to The foreman called to the workmen.8 → call yourself something9 → call the shots/tune10 → call it a day11 → call collect12 read names [transitive] (also call out)SHOUT to read names or numbers in a loud voice in order to get someone’s attention When I call your name, go and stand in line.13 court [transitive]TELL to tell someone that they must answer questions in a law court or in front of an official committee The prosecution called its next witness.call somebody to do something They were called to give evidence at the trial. Grammar Call is often passive in this meaning.14 → call (something) into question15 → be/feel called to do something16 → call somebody/something to order17 visit [intransitive] (also call round British English)VISIT to stop at a house or other place for a short time to see someone or do something She called round for a chat.call on somebody Let’s call on James on the way home.call (in) at something I regularly called in at his office for news.call into something People often call into the library while they’re out shopping.18 → call it £10/two hours etc19 → call it a draw20 → call it/things even21 → call (somebody’s) attention to22 → call something to mind23 → call a huddle24 → call time (on somebody/something)25 trains/shipsTRAINS [intransitive]TTT if a train, ship, bus etc calls at a place, it stops there for a short time syn stop This train calls at all stations to Broxbourne.26 coinGAMES/SPORTS [intransitive, transitive]DS to guess which side of a coin will land upwards when it is thrown in the air, in order to decide who will play first in a game It’s your turn to call.27 card game [intransitive, transitive] to risk the same amount of money as the player who plays before you in a poker game → so-called, → call somebody’s bluff at bluff2(2), → too close to call at close2(8)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: to telephone someonecall for + NOUNcall for an end to somethingDemonstrators have called for an end to the fighting.call for somebody’s resignationOpposition parties called for the president’s resignation.call for actionThe European Parliament have called for action on age discrimination.call for a banFrench farmers have called for a ban on imports.call for a boycottIn 1980 he called for a boycott of the Olympic Games.call for a changeScientists are calling for a change in the law.call for an inquiry/investigationRelatives have called for an inquiry into the causes of the plane crash.call for a return to somethingThe prime minister called for a return to traditional Labour values.call for reformThe Church has called for reform of the law.call for the abolition of somethingHuman Rights groups have called for the abolition of the death penalty.call for a ceasefire (=for an end to a war)The United Nations called for an immediate ceasefire. → call back → call by → call down something → call for somebody/something → call something ↔ forth → call in → call somebody/something ↔ off → call on/upon somebody/something → call out → call up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuscall• "Coming, Mom, " I called.• The three packages used in this example are called A-CONFORMOLINES, E-VALUES and F-MAP.• His secretary started calling around to find out where the commission was meeting.• Can you call Becky before six?• Guidebooks call Chicago "The Windy City".• This use is a form of spending; in business it is called depreciation.• A meeting has been called for 3 p.m. Wednesday.• I'll call for a taxi now.• The transition to democracy and market economies will call for much patience and persistence.• Though Republicans called for the president to fire him, Brown refused to step down.• The back page has a strip called Haggis, which is about a black highland terrier and his adventures.• "She's a fraud." "I wouldn't call her that."• Already his followers were calling him a saint.• His name's actually Robert, but everyone just calls him Bob.• "OK, call it." "Heads."• My mother wanted to call me Yuri.• A similar service is offered via e-mail by a company called Mercury Mail.• Do you want to be called Miss or Ms.?• I called round to see if anyone knew where Tom was.• I called Sue yesterday.• People wishing to enroll in the study should request a referral from their doctors or call the nearest participating hospital.• Get out of here or I'll call the police!• Patty called when you were out.• Mr. Sweeney called while you were out.• Didn't you hear me calling you?• "I'll call your dollar - what have you got?" "Three nines."• OK, when I call your name, raise your hand.call somebody names• He tried to make Oliver cry by hitting him, pulling his hair, and calling him names.• He went out and confronted him, calling him names.• "She said I was a fat pig.'' "Oh, I've been called far worse names than that.''be called something• They live in this little town called Leroy, not far from Reed City.• What was that movie called again?call a meeting/strike/election etc• If I had let it go, it would have been called a strike.• Prime Minister Paul Keating must call an election before May this year, with mid-March the most likely time.• The truth is bland: Mr Major will call an election if the opinion polls suggest he can not lose.• He expected his successor to call elections in the autumn.• Roberts called a meeting of the Town Council and he and Cross asked the police to start an investigation.• He opened the sixth inning with a breaking ball for a called strike to Greg Gagne.• Soon after Jeffries' speech the Africana Studies Movement called a meeting to protest his ouster.call ... name• But the day 1 remember is when Neil finally opened his eyes when I called his name.• It was one of those things you know, when you get called names.• Jess, though, is openly bawling even before the announcer calls her name.• She knew that there was no point in jumping up and running after him; no use in calling out his name.• She recognized Telemachus instantly from his likeness to his father and she called him by name.• We may think we see the dead person walking down the street, or hear them calling our name.• He calls us by name, and his relationship to each one of us fits our own person uniquely.call somebody to do something• I've been called to testify at Smith's trial.call (in) at something• In addition to their regular schedules, chief executives are on call at all hours to handle emergencies.• Holman was on call at any time although they had found no trace of the fog for two days now.• He called in at home after.• Before we had received a reply, Fitzroy Maclean chanced to call at my office.• Winston called at six to tell me he would be here for sure.• O all now call at the 15 meter-deep port, some with fully-loaded next-generation vessels.• The 49ers screwed up a penalty call at the end of the fourth quarter.