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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Call \Call\, verb (used without an object)

1. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to.

You must call to the nurse. --Shak.

The angel of God called to Hagar. --Gen. xxi. 17.

2. To make a demand, requirement, or request.

They called for rooms, and he showed them one. --Bunyan.

3. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.

He ordered her to call at the house once a week. --Temple.

{To call for} (a) To demand; to require; as, a crime calls for punishment; a survey, grant, or deed calls for the metes and bounds, or the quantity of land, etc., which it describes. (b) To give an order for; to request. "Whenever the coach stopped, the sailor called for more ale." --Marryat.

{To call on}, {To call upon}, (a) To make a short visit to; as, call on a friend. (b) To appeal to; to invite; to request earnestly; as, to call upon a person to make a speech. (c) To solicit payment, or make a demand, of a debt. (d) To invoke or play to; to worship; as, to call upon God.

{To call out} To call or utter loudly; to brawl.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Call \Call\ (k[add]l), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Called} (k[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Calling}] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG. kall[=o]n to call; cf. Gr. ghry'ein to speak, sing, Skr. gar to praise. Cf. {Garrulous}.]

1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.

Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain --Shak.

2. To summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially of a religious character; -- often used of a divine summons; as, to be called to the ministry; sometimes, to invite; as, to call a minister to be the pastor of a church.

Paul . . . called to be an apostle --Rom. i. 1.

The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. --Acts xiii. 2.

3. To invite or command to meet; to convoke; -- often with together; as, the President called Congress together; to appoint and summon; as, to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

Now call we our high court of Parliament. --Shak.

4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.

If you would but call me Rosalind. --Shak.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. --Gen. i. 5.

5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.

What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. --Acts x. 15.

6. To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact; as, they call the distance ten miles; he called it a full day's work.

[The] army is called seven hundred thousand men. --Brougham.

7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of. [Obs.]

This speech calls him Spaniard. --Beau. & Fl.

8. To utter in a loud or distinct voice; -- often with off; as, to call, or call off, the items of an account; to call the roll of a military company.

No parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear. --Gay.

9. To invoke; to appeal to.

I call God for a witness. --2 Cor. i. 23 [Rev. Ver. ]

10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.

If thou canst awake by four o' the clock. I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly. --Shak.

{To call a bond}, to give notice that the amount of the bond will be paid.

{To call a party} (Law), to cry aloud his name in open court, and command him to come in and perform some duty requiring his presence at the time on pain of what may befall him.

{To call back}, to revoke or retract; to recall; to summon back.

{To call down}, to pray for, as blessing or curses.

{To call forth}, to bring or summon to action; as, to call forth all the faculties of the mind.

{To call in}, (a) To collect; as, to call in debts or money; ar to withdraw from cirulation; as, to call in uncurrent coin. (b) To summon to one's side; to invite to come together; as, to call in neighbors.

{To call (any one) names}, to apply contemptuous names (to any one).

{To call off}, to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment.

{To call out}. (a) To summon to fight; to challenge. (b) To summon into service; as, to call out the militia.

{To call over}, to recite separate particulars in order, as a roll of names.

{To call to account}, to demand explanation of.

{To call to mind}, to recollect; to revive in memory.

{To call to order}, to request to come to order; as: (a) A public meeting, when opening it for business. (b) A person, when he is transgressing the rules of debate.

{To call to the bar}, to admit to practice in courts of law.

{To call up}. (a) To bring into view or recollection; as to call up the image of deceased friend. (b) To bring into action or discussion; to demand the consideration of; as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.

Syn: To name; denominate; invite; bid; summon; convoke; assemble; collect; exhort; warn; proclaim; invoke; appeal to; designate.

Usage: {To Call}, {Convoke}, {Summon}. Call is the generic term; as, to call a public meeting. To convoke is to require the assembling of some organized body of men by an act of authority; as, the king convoked Parliament. To summon is to require attendance by an act more or less stringent anthority; as, to summon a witness.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Call \Call\, noun

1. The act of calling; -- usually with the voice, but often otherwise, as by signs, the sound of some instrument, or by writing; a summons; an entreaty; an invitation; as, a call for help; the bugle's call. "Call of the trumpet." --Shak.

I rose as at thy call, but found thee not. --Milton.

2. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.

3. (Eccl.) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.

4. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.

Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity. --Addison.

Running into danger without any call of duty. --Macaulay.

5. A divine vocation or summons.

St. Paul himself believed he did well, and that he had a call to it, when he persecuted the Christians. --Locke.

6. Vocation; employment.

Note: [In this sense, calling is generally used.]

7. A short visit; as, to make a call on a neighbor; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.

The baker's punctual call. --Cowper.

8. (Hunting) A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.

9. (Naut.) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.

10. (Fowling) The cry of a bird; also a noise or cry in imitation of a bird; or a pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry.

11. (Amer. Land Law) A reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc., on the land.

12. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on. [Brokers' Cant]

13. See {Assessment}, 4.

{At call}, or {On call}, liable to be demanded at any moment without previous notice; as money on deposit.

{Call bird}, a bird taught to allure others into a snare.

{Call boy} (a) A boy who calls the actors in a theater; a boy who transmits the orders of the captain of a vessel to the engineer, helmsman, etc. (b) A waiting boy who answers a cal, or cames at the ringing of a bell; a bell boy.

{Call note}, the note naturally used by the male bird to call the female. It is artificially applied by birdcatchers as a decoy. --Latham.

{Call of the house} (Legislative Bodies), a calling over the names of members, to discover who is absent, or for other purposes; a calling of names with a view to obtaining the ayes and noes from the persons named.

{Call to the bar}, admission to practice in the courts.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

call

noun

1: 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" [syn: {call}, {phone call}, {telephone call}]

2: a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"

3: a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: {cry}, {outcry}, {call}, {yell}, {shout}, {vociferation}]

4: a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty" [syn: {call}, {claim}]

5: the characteristic sound produced by a bird; "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age" [syn: {birdcall}, {call}, {birdsong}, {song}]

6: 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"

7: a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement [syn: {margin call}, {call}]

8: a demand for a show of hands in a card game; "after two raises there was a call"

9: a request; "many calls for Christmas stories"; "not many calls for buggywhips"

10: an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"

11: a visit in an official or professional capacity; "the pastor's calls on his parishioners"; "the salesman's call on a customer"

12: (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; "he was ejected for protesting the call"

13: the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date [syn: {call option}, {call}] [ant: {put}, {put option}]

verb

1: assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to; "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader" [syn: {name}, {call}]

2: 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"

3: 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" [syn: {call}, {telephone}, {call up}, {phone}, {ring}]

4: 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" [syn: {shout}, {shout out}, {cry}, {call}, {yell}, {scream}, {holler}, {hollo}, {squall}]

5: order, request, or command to come; "She was called into the director's office"; "Call the police!" [syn: {call}, {send for}]

6: pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens" [syn: {visit}, {call in}, {call}]

7: 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"

8: read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; "Call roll"

9: 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"

10: utter a characteristic note or cry; "bluejays called to one another"

11: stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"

12: greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; "He always addresses me with 'Sir'"; "Call me Mister"; "She calls him by first name" [syn: {address}, {call}]

13: make a stop in a harbour; "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"

14: demand payment of (a loan); "Call a loan" [syn: {call}, {call in}]

15: make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump" [syn: {bid}, {call}]

16: give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance [syn: {call}, {call off}]

17: indicate a decision in regard to; "call balls and strikes behind the plate"

18: make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election" [syn: {predict}, {foretell}, {prognosticate}, {call}, {forebode}, {anticipate}, {promise}]

19: require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; "Call a bond"

20: challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; "He deserves to be called on that"

21: declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; "call a runner out"

22: lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; "Call ducks"

23: order or request or give a command for; "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"

24: 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"

25: utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"

26: challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; "call the speaker on a question of fact"

27: consider or regard as being; "I would not call her beautiful"

28: rouse somebody from sleep with a call; "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"


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