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Definition of Call


  1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
  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.
  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.
  4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
  5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
  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.
  7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
  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.
  9. To invoke; to appeal to.
  10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
  11. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to.
  12. To make a demand, requirement, or request.
  13. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
  14. 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.
  15. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
  16. An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
  17. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
  18. A divine vocation or summons.
  19. Vocation; employment.
  20. A short visit; as, to make a call on a neighbor; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.
  21. A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
  22. A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
  26. See Assessment, 4.

Call Quotations

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare

With me, what you see is what you get. Yes, call me naive, but I love life. I am happy, and for that, I make no apologies. I do like to see the best in people, and when someone is nice to my face, I tend to believe them.
Joyce Giraud

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.

Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
Peter Drucker

One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.
Jim DeMint
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Call Translations

call in Afrikaans is noem
call in Dutch is noemen, heten, benoemen, uitmaken voor
call in Finnish is kutsua
call in French is appel, appelons, manifeste, appelent, appeler
call in German is Anruf {m}, anrufen, rufen, Aufruf {m}, Aufruf
call in Italian is fama, chiamare, chiamata
call in Latin is adsumo (assumo), citatio, dico, advoco
call in Norwegian is kalle
call in Portuguese is nomear, chamar, chamada
call in Spanish is llamada, gritar, proclama, nombradia
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