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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
call for, call off
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: calls, calling, called
definition 1: to shout or cry out.
She called his name, but he didn't answer.
cry, exclaim, hail, hallo, holler, roar, scream, shout, yell
similar words:
bellow, clamor, name, sing, speak, utter, vociferate
definition 2: to summon, ask, or invite.
Our host called us to dinner.I just called you a taxi; you can't drive in your condition.[verb + object + object ]
ask, invite, summon
similar words:
beckon, buzz, challenge, claim, conjure, demand, invoke, postulate
definition 3: to attract.
You'll call attention to yourself wearing that funny hat!
attract, tempt
similar words:
allure, beckon, entice, lure
definition 4: to awaken (one) from sleep.
Go lie down and I'll call you in an hour.
arouse, awaken, wake
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definition 5: to telephone.
Please call me as soon as you get to New York.
buzz, phone, telephone
similar words:
contact, dial
definition 6: to make a sound to attract (animals).
The hunter called the ducks.
attract, lure
definition 7: to summon officially.
The witness was called to testify in court.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
invoke, rally, summon
similar words:
assemble, collect, convene, convoke, gather, muster, petition
definition 8: to announce or order as (a meeting, election, or the like).
The director called an emergency meeting.
announce, command, declare, decree, demand, order, proclaim
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assemble, bid, convene, convoke, instruct, muster, require
definition 9: to bring under review or consideration.
The court called our case.
similar words:
bring, estimate, judge, reckon, review
definition 10: to name.
Her parents called her Mary after her grandmother.[verb + object + object ] He hasn't yet decided what to call his new book.[verb + object + object ]
denominate, dub, entitle, name, term
similar words:
christen, denote, designate, identify, specify, style, tag, title
definition 11: to give a descriptive name or label to.
He called me a thief.[verb + smby/smth + noun/adj ] Everyone calls her beautiful, but she doesn't believe she is.[verb + smby/smth + noun/adj ]
dub, label, name, specify, style, term
similar words:
characterize, denote, describe, identify, indicate, tag
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to speak loudly for the purpose of attracting attention; yell; shout.
She called to him, hoping to stop him from falling into the ditch.
cry, hail, halloo, holler, shout, yell
similar words:
bellow, exclaim, roar, scream, speak, vociferate
definition 2: to telephone someone.
I called yesterday, but no one answered the phone.
phone, telephone
similar words:
buzz, contact, dial
definition 3: to make a visit.
Call on us when you are in town.
similar words:
drop by, drop in, pop in, stop at, stop by, stop in
definition 4: to beckon or to seem welcoming or enticing.
It had been a long day and her comfortable bed was now calling to her.
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phrase: call for
phrase: call off
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shout or loud cry.
We didn't hear his call for help.
cry, outcry, shout
similar words:
clamor, hail, holler, scream, uproar
definition 2: the sound made by a bird or animal.
This bird has a distinctive call that is difficult to imitate.
cry, song
similar words:
bird call
definition 3: a demand or need.
Do you think there is a call for this sort of product?There is really no call for you to keep explaining.
demand, necessity, need, summons
similar words:
appeal, cry, request
definition 4: an act of telephoning.
We got her call early this morning.
buzz, ring
definition 5: a brief visit.
He paid his grandmother a call.
stopover, visit
similar words:
pause, sojourn, stay
definition 6: a summons, request, or invitation.
He didn't want to go to war, but when he got the call, he was prepared.
change, direction, directive, instruction, invitation, order, request, summons
similar words:
bid, command, notice
definition 7: the attraction or fascination of something.
He loved living in the country but she felt the call of the city.
allure, appeal, attraction, draw, fascination, invitation, lure
similar words:
charm, enticement
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  • caller:
    a person who calls.
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