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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

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

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.
Maya Angelou

I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
Maya Angelou

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
Joseph Roux

I myself never feel that I'm sexy. If people call me cute, I am happier.
Coco Lee
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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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