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English noun: call

1. call (communication) a telephone connection

SamplesShe reported several anonymous calls.
He placed a phone call to London.
He heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call.

Synonymsphone call, telephone call

Broader (hypernym)telephone, telephony

Narrower (hyponym)call-back, call-in, collect call, conference call, crank call, local call, long distance, long-distance call, trunk call, wake-up call

2. Call (cognition) a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course

SamplesHe was disappointed that he had not heard the Call.

Broader (hypernym)disposition, inclination, tendency

3. call (communication) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

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

Synonymscry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell

Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization

Narrower (hyponym)battle cry, bellow, bellowing, bird, blue murder, boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, halloo, hiss, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, hoot, hoot, hosanna, hue and cry, noise, rallying cry, raspberry, razz, razzing, roar, roaring, scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shouting, shriek, shrieking, snort, war cry, war whoop, whoop, yelling, yodel, yowl

4. call (communication) a demand especially in the phrase

SamplesThe call of duty.


Broader (hypernym)demand

5. call (communication) the characteristic sound produced by a bird

SamplesA bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age.

Synonymsbirdcall, birdsong, song

Broader (hypernym)animal communication

Narrower (hyponym)bell-like call, two-note call

6. call (act) a brief social visit

SamplesSenior 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.

Broader (hypernym)visit

7. call (communication) a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement

Synonymsmargin call

Broader (hypernym)demand

8. call (communication) a demand for a show of hands in a card game

SamplesAfter two raises there was a call.

Broader (hypernym)demand

Part meronymcard game, cards

9. call (communication) a request

SamplesMany calls for Christmas stories.
Not many calls for buggywhips.

Broader (hypernym)asking, request

Narrower (hyponym)recall

10. call (communication) an instruction that interrupts the program being executed

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

Broader (hypernym)command, instruction, program line, statement

Narrower (hyponym)function call, supervisor call instruction, system call

11. call (act) a visit in an official or professional capacity

SamplesThe pastor's calls on his parishioners.
The salesman's call on a customer.

Broader (hypernym)visit

Narrower (hyponym)round

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

SamplesHe was ejected for protesting the call.

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, decision, determination

Domain categoryathletics, sport

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

Synonymscall option

Broader (hypernym)option

Part meronymspan, straddle

Antonymsput, put option

English verb: call

1. call (communication) assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

SamplesThey named their son David.
The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader.

ExamplesThey call him "Bobby"


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)label

Narrower (hyponym)baptise, baptize, christen, dub, entitle, nickname, refer, rename, style, tag, term, title, title

Verb groupaddress, call, call

2. call (communication) ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality

SamplesHe called me a bastard.
She called her children lazy and ungrateful.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)label

Narrower (hyponym)brand, miscall, misname, post

Verb groupcall, call, call, name

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

SamplesI tried to call you all night.
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.

ExamplesSam cannot call Sue , They call

Synonymscall up, phone, ring, telephone

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)telecommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)call in, cell phone


Verb groupcall

Domain categorytelephone, telephony

4. call (communication) utter a sudden loud cry

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

Synonymscry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

Narrower (hyponym)halloo, hollo, howl, hurrah, pipe, pipe up, roar, screak, screech, shriek, shrill, skreak, skreigh, squawk, ululate, wail, whoop, yaup, yawl

Verb groupcall, call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout

5. call (communication) order, request, or command to come

SamplesShe was called into the director's office.
Call the police!.

ExamplesSam cannot call Sue

Synonymssend for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)enjoin, order, say, tell

Narrower (hyponym)beep, call back, call in, call up, cite, hail, lift, mobilise, mobilize, muster, rally, recall, summon, summon, summons

Verb groupcall, call

6. call (social) pay a brief visit

SamplesThe mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens.

Synonymscall in, visit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)get together, meet

Narrower (hyponym)come by, drop by, drop in, see, see

Verb groupcall

7. call (social) call a meeting; invite or command to meet

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Causeassemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

Verb groupcall, send for

8. call (communication) read aloud to check for omissions or absentees

SamplesCall roll.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)read

Verb groupcall

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

SamplesHawaii is calling!.
A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)telecommunicate

Verb groupcall, call up, phone, ring, telephone

Domain categorytelecom, telecommunication

10. call (communication) utter a characteristic note or cry

SamplesBluejays called to one another.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

Verb groupcall

11. call (stative) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

SamplesCall a football game.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table

12. call (social) greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name

SamplesHe always addresses me with `Sir'.
Call me Mister.
She calls him by first name.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)address, turn to

Verb groupcall, name

13. call (social) make a stop in a harbour

SamplesThe ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)stop, stop over

Verb groupcall, call in, visit

14. call (possession) demand payment of (a loan)

SamplesCall a loan.

Synonymscall in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)demand, exact

Verb groupcall

15. call (possession) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

SamplesHe called his trump.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)play

Narrower (hyponym)double, outbid, outcall, overbid, preempt, raise, underbid

Domain categorycard game, cards

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

Synonymscall off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Entailsquare dance

17. call (communication) indicate a decision in regard to

SamplesCall balls and strikes behind the plate.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)indicate

Verb groupcall

Domain categoryathletics, sport

18. call (communication) make a prediction about; tell in advance

SamplesCall the outcome of an election.

Synonymsanticipate, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)guess, hazard, pretend, venture

Narrower (hyponym)augur, bet, calculate, forecast, outguess, prophesy, read, second-guess, vaticinate, wager

19. call (communication) require the presentation of for redemption before maturation

SamplesCall a bond.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ask, expect, require

Verb groupcall, call in

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

SamplesHe deserves to be called on that.

ExamplesSam cannot call Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)challenge, dispute, gainsay

Verb groupcall

21. call (communication) declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

SamplesCall a runner out.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)adjudge, declare, hold

Verb groupcall

22. call (communication) lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal

SamplesCall ducks.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)entice, lure, tempt

Verb groupcall

23. call (communication) order or request or give a command for

SamplesThe unions called a general strike for Sunday.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)order

24. call (communication) order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role

SamplesHe was already called 4 times for jury duty.
They called him to active military duty.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)request

Verb groupcall, send for

25. call (cognition) utter in a loud voice or announce

SamplesHe called my name.
The auctioneer called the bids.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

Verb groupcall, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell

26. call (cognition) challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of

SamplesCall the speaker on a question of fact.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)challenge, dispute, gainsay

Verb groupcall

27. call (cognition) consider or regard as being

SamplesI would not call her beautiful.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)consider, reckon, regard, see, view

Verb groupcall

28. call (body) rouse somebody from sleep with a call

SamplesI was called at 5 A.M. this morning.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)arouse, awaken, rouse, wake, wake up, waken

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