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call



I - noun
1. a telephone connection (Freq. 9)
- 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:
phone call, telephone call
Hypernyms:
telephone, telephony
Hyponyms:
call-back, collect call, call-in, crank call, local call,
long distance, long-distance call, trunk call, conference call, wake-up call
2. a loud utterance;
often in protest or opposition (Freq. 3)
- the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience
Syn:
cry, outcry, yell, shout, vociferation
Derivationally related forms:
shout (for: shout), yell (for: yell), outcry (for: outcry), cry (for: cry)
Hypernyms:
utterance, vocalization
Hyponyms:
bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering,
hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl, blue murder,
catcall, clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry,
halloo, hoot, hosanna, noise, scream, screaming,
shriek, shrieking, screech, screeching, whoop, war cry,
war whoop, rallying cry, battle cry, yelling, shouting, yodel,
boo, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, razz,
snort, bird
3. a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty" (Freq. 2)
Syn:
claim
Hypernyms:
demand
4. the characteristic sound produced by a bird (Freq. 1)
- a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age
Syn:
birdcall, birdsong, song
Derivationally related forms:
songster (for: song), sing (for: song)
Hypernyms:
animal communication
Hyponyms:
bell-like call, two-note call
5. a brief social visit (Freq. 1)
- 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
Hypernyms:
visit
6. a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
Syn:
margin call
Hypernyms:
demand
7. a demand for a show of hands in a card game
- after two raises there was a call
Hypernyms:
demand
Part Holonyms:
card game, cards
8. a request
- many calls for Christmas stories
- not many calls for buggywhips
Hypernyms:
request, asking
Hyponyms:
recall
9. an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
- Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed
Hypernyms:
instruction, command, statement, program line
Hyponyms:
function call, system call, supervisor call instruction
10. a visit in an official or professional capacity
- the pastor's calls on his parishioners
- the salesman's call on a customer
Hypernyms:
visit
Hyponyms:
round
11. (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
- he was ejected for protesting the call
Topics:
sport, athletics
Hypernyms:
decision, determination, conclusion
12. the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
Syn:
call option
Ant:
put option (for: call option)
Hypernyms:
option
Part Holonyms:
straddle, span

II - verb
1. assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to (Freq. 91)
- They named their son David
- The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader
Syn:
name
Derivationally related forms:
namer (for: name), name (for: name), naming (for: name)
Hypernyms:
label
Hyponyms:
baptize, baptise, christen, refer, style,
style, dub, nickname, rename, entitle,
term, tag
Verb Group:
address
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Somebody ----s somebody something
- They call him "Bobby"
2. ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality (Freq. 51)
- He called me a bastard
- She called her children lazy and ungrateful
Hypernyms:
label
Hyponyms:
misname, miscall, post, brand
Verb Group:
name
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s something Adjective/Noun
- Somebody ----s somebody something
3. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone (Freq. 38)
- I tried to call you all night
- Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
Syn:
telephone, call up, phone, ring
Derivationally related forms:
ring (for: ring), phone (for: phone), phoner (for: phone), telephone (for: telephone), telephoner (for: telephone), caller
Topics:
telephone, telephony
Hypernyms:
telecommunicate
Hyponyms:
cell phone, call in
Entailment:
dial
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Sam cannot call Sue
- They call
4. utter a sudden loud cry (Freq. 25)
- 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, yell, scream,
holler, hollo, squall
See Also:
call out, cry out (for: cry)
Derivationally related forms:
hollo (for: hollo), holler (for: holler), hollering (for: holler), scream (for: scream), screamer (for: scream), screaming (for: scream), yell (for: yell), yelling (for: yell), cry (for: cry), shout (for: shout), shouting (for: shout)
Hypernyms:
utter, emit, let out, let loose
Hyponyms:
hollo, hurrah, halloo, whoop, shriek,
shrill, pipe up, pipe, howl, ululate, wail,
roar, yawl, yaup, squawk, screak, skreak,
skreigh, screech
Verb Group:
exclaim, cry, cry out, outcry, call out, shout
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
- Somebody ----s
5. order, request, or command to come (Freq. 25)
- She was called into the director's office
- Call the police!
Syn:
send for
See Also:
call forth, call up
Derivationally related forms:
caller
Hypernyms:
order, tell, enjoin, say
Hyponyms:
summon, summons, cite, beep, recall,
call back, call in, lift, muster, hail, call up,
mobilize, mobilise, rally
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Somebody ----s somebody PP
- Sam cannot call Sue
6. pay a brief visit (Freq. 9)
- The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens
Syn:
visit, call in
Derivationally related forms:
caller, visit (for: visit), visitor (for: visit), visitant (for: visit)
Hypernyms:
meet, get together
Hyponyms:
see, drop by, drop in, come by
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Somebody ----s (for: visit)
7. call a meeting;
invite or command to meet (Freq. 9)
- The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the 'Final Solution'
- The new dean calls meetings every week
Derivationally related forms:
caller
Hypernyms:
request, bespeak, call for, quest
Verb Group:
send for
Cause:
meet, gather, assemble, forgather, foregather
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
8. read aloud to check for omissions or absentees (Freq. 1)
- Call roll
Hypernyms:
read
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
9. send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.;
make a signal to in order to transmit a message (Freq. 1)
- Hawaii is calling!
- A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling
Topics:
telecommunication, telecom
Hypernyms:
telecommunicate
Verb Group:
telephone, call up, phone, ring
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
- Somebody ----s
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
10. utter a characteristic note or cry (Freq. 1)
- bluejays called to one another
Hypernyms:
utter, emit, let out, let loose
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
11. stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
- call a football game
Hypernyms:
postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table,
shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
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
Hypernyms:
address, turn to
Verb Group:
name
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody something
13. make a stop in a harbour
- The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow
Hypernyms:
stop, stop over
Verb Group:
visit, call in
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
- Somebody ----s
14. demand payment of (a loan)
- Call a loan
Syn:
call in
Derivationally related forms:
callable
Hypernyms:
demand, exact
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
15. make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
- He called his trump
Syn:
bid
Derivationally related forms:
caller, bid (for: bid), bidder (for: bid), bidding (for: bid)
Topics:
card game, cards
Hypernyms:
play
Hyponyms:
raise, double, outcall, underbid, outbid,
overbid, preempt
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s
16. give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
Syn:
call off
Derivationally related forms:
caller
Entailment:
square dance
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s
17. indicate a decision in regard to
- call balls and strikes behind the plate
Topics:
sport, athletics
Hypernyms:
indicate
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
18. make a prediction about;
tell in advance
- Call the outcome of an election
Syn:
predict, foretell, prognosticate, forebode, anticipate, promise
Derivationally related forms:
anticipatory (for: anticipate), foreboding (for: forebode), prognosticative (for: prognosticate), prognostication (for: prognosticate), prognosis (for: prognosticate), prognosticator (for: prognosticate), foretelling (for: foretell), predictive (for: predict), prediction (for: predict), predictor (for: predict)
Hypernyms:
guess, venture, pretend, hazard
Hyponyms:
read, second-guess, outguess, augur, bet,
wager, forecast, calculate, prophesy, vaticinate
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
19. require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
- Call a bond
Hypernyms:
ask, require, expect
Verb Group:
call in
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
20. challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement;
charge with or censure for an offense
- He deserves to be called on that
Hypernyms:
challenge, dispute, gainsay
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Sam cannot call Sue
21. declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
- call a runner out
Hypernyms:
declare, adjudge, hold
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody something
22. lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
- Call ducks
Hypernyms:
entice, lure, tempt
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
23. order or request or give a command for
- The unions called a general strike for Sunday
Hypernyms:
order
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
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
Derivationally related forms:
Call, calling
Hypernyms:
request
Verb Group:
send for
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
25. utter in a loud voice or announce
- He called my name
- The auctioneer called the bids
Derivationally related forms:
caller
Hypernyms:
utter, emit, let out, let loose
Verb Group:
shout, shout out, cry, yell, scream,
holler, hollo, squall
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
26. challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
- call the speaker on a question of fact
Hypernyms:
challenge, dispute, gainsay
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
27. consider or regard as being
- I would not call her beautiful
Hypernyms:
see, consider, reckon, view, regard
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
28. rouse somebody from sleep with a call
- I was called at 5 A.M. this morning
Hypernyms:
awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody

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