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English verb: call down

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


SamplesRaise the specter of unemployment.
He conjured wild birds in the air.
Call down the spirits from the mountain.


Synonymsarouse, bring up, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir


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


Broader (hypernym)create, make


Narrower (hyponym)anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, bless, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict


Verb groupcall forth, evoke, kick up, provoke

2. call down (communication) censure severely or angrily


SamplesThe mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car.
The deputy ragged the Prime Minister.
The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup.


Synonymsbawl out, berate, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart


Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off









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