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Definition of the noun to call

What does to call mean as a name of something?

Specialised definition of the noun to call

Glossary of sports

a decision made by a referee (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a declaration made during a game, e.g. the choice of heads or tails when a coin is tossed (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb to call

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verb - inflections: called | calling | calls

  1. assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
    • example: They call him "Bobby"
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]The captain baptized the ship
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]The captain named the ship Seafarer

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): decree, dub, make, pronounce, rename, rule, stamp, term, vote.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of call: be known as / know as / name
    • more generic word: label = assign a label to
    • more specific words:
  2. ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
    • examples: He called me a bastard | She called her children lazy and ungrateful
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: label = assign a label to
    • more specific words:
  3. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
    • examples: I tried to call you all night | Take two aspirin and call me in the morning | Sam cannot call Sue | They call
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • domain: telephone / telephony
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of call: call up / phone / ring / telephone
    • more generic word: telecommunicate = communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: dial = operate a dial to select a telephone number
  4. utter a sudden loud cry
  5. order, request, or command to come
    • examples: She was called into the director's office | Call the police! | Sam cannot call Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dressVerbs of Change of Possession: attain, book, buy, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered JohnOrder Verbs: allow, beseech, invite, need, okay, permit, summon, want
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of call: send for
    • more generic words: enjoin / order / say / tell = give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • more specific terms:
  6. pay a brief visit
    • example: The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of call: call in / visit
    • more generic terms: get together / meet = get together socially or for a specific purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • see = go to see for professional or business reasons
      • see = go to see for a social visit
      • come by / drop by / drop in = visit informally and spontaneously
  7. call a meeting; invite or command to meet
  8. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
    • example: Call roll
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: read = look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
  9. send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
    • examples: Hawaii is calling! | A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
    • domain: telecom / telecommunication
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: telecommunicate = communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
  10. utter a characteristic note or cry
  11. stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
  12. greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
    • examples: Call me Mister | She calls him by first name
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of call: address
    • more generic terms: address / turn to = speak to
  13. make a stop in a harbour
    • example: The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: stop / stop over = interrupt a trip
  14. demand payment of (a loan)
    • example: Call a loan
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of call: call in
    • more generic words: demand / exact = claim as due or just
  15. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
    • example: He called his trump
    • domain: card game / cards
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of call: bid
    • more generic word: play = participate in games or sport
    • more specific words:
      • raise = bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
      • double = bridge: make a demand for
      • outcall = make a higher bid than
      • underbid = bid (a hand of cards) at less than the strength of the hand warrants
      • outbid = bid over an opponent's bid when one's partner has not bid or doubled
      • overbid = to bid for more tricks than one can expect to win,
      • preempt = make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
  16. give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
  17. indicate a decision in regard to
    • example: call balls and strikes behind the plate
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: indicate = to state or express briefly
  18. make a prediction about; tell in advance
  19. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
    • example: Call a bond
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: ask / expect / require = consider obligatory
  20. challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense
    • examples: He deserves to be called on that | Sam cannot call Sue
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: challenge / dispute / gainsay = take exception to
  21. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
    • example: call a runner out
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: adjudge / declare / hold = declare to be
  22. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
    • example: Call ducks
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: entice / lure / tempt = provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  23. order or request or give a command for
    • example: The unions called a general strike for Sunday
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: order = make a request for something
  24. order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
    • examples: He was already called 4 times for jury duty | They called him to active military duty
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: hit up / request = ask (a person) to do something
  25. utter in a loud voice or announce
    • examples: He called my name | The auctioneer called the bids
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whispered
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): babble, bark, bawl, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croak, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snarl, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: emit / let loose / let out / utter = express audibly
  26. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
    • example: call the speaker on a question of fact
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: challenge / dispute / gainsay = take exception to
  27. consider or regard as being
    • example: I would not call her beautiful
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: consider / reckon / regard / see / view = deem to be
  28. rouse somebody from sleep with a call

Specialised definition of the verb to call

Glossary of sports

to make an official decision in a sporting event or a game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to postpone or stop a sporting event because of bad weather or other unsuitable conditions (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to commentate on radio or television on a sporting event, especially a horse race (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

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"TO CALL" is a composition.

Phrases with to Call

  1. to call in
  2. to call on
  3. to call up
  4. to call for
  5. to call off
  6. to call out
  7. to call back
  8. to call down
  9. to call forth
  10. To Call Names
  11. To Call to Mind
  12. to call to order
  13. To Call to the Bar

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for to Call

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Google previewElectronic Business Revolution (1999)

Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century by Peter Cunningham, Friedrich Fröschl

Essentially, if you are a client of an online, electronic banking, digital money product or service from a bank and, for whatever reason, it does not work, the first institution you are likely to call is the bank. The problem, however, could be with the ...

Google previewStreetwise Marketing Plan (2000)

Winning Strategies for Every Small Business by Don Debelak

Generating leads and getting prospects to call is a key marketing task. MARKETING TACTICS FOR SALES, PROMOTIONS, AND DISTRIBUTION Marketing ...

Google previewC# Precisely (2011)

by Peter Sestoft, Henrik I. Hansen

is static, then no search is needed: the method to call is the method M with signature sig in class TT. If the method TT.M(sig) is a non-virtual instance method, then the method to call is M(sig) in TT. Otherwise, if TT.M(sig) is a virtual ...

Google previewOpenGL Game Programming (2001)

by Kevin Hawkins, Dave Astle

The first function you need to call is the IDirectMusicPerformance.8::InitAudio() function, which initializes the performance and optionally sets up a default audiopath and is defined as HRESULT InitAudio ( IDirectMusic” ppDirectMusic, ...

Google previewThe Call Center Dictionary (2002)

The Complete Guide to Call Center and Customer Support Technology Solutions by Madeline Bodin

The Complete Guide to Call Center and Customer Support Technology Solutions Madeline Bodin. UCD Uniform Call Distributor. A device for allocating incoming calls to a bunch of people. Has many fewer features than an Automatic Call ...

Google previewA Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran (2013)

by John Penrice

To call. for image A council. image proclamation (with image prayer;” (also with ), image ); to call, or invite (with image as part. act. One who repents, A council. III. To call to, call upon, invoke, cry aloud; to make a or ), as 5 v. 63, “And when ye ...

Google previewA Dictionary, Hindustani & English (1866)

Accompanied by a Reversed Dictionary, English and Hindustani by Duncan Forbes

To CALL, (name) kahni, bhikhni, bolni. ism-r; (to require or bring) hula'!-lini or - bhejni, dikni, yid-k; (by name) nim karke- &c. -bulimi (Y. to cry) \'1ch§rni;,-— (out. orto a person) bol-uphni, bulini, pukirni, Mink-mirmi, iwiz-d, §€l'l1§1, guhirni, ...

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Usage statistics about to call

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb to call:

spoken English55.15%written English44.85% conversational speech44.08%task-oriented speech55.92% imaginative writing58.1%informational writing41.9%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb to call:

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How To Call 911 In Toronto TDD 4164670493 | ASL American Sign Language

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Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. (Jane Howard)
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