call


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Call \Call\ (k[add]l), v. t. [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.
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            Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain --Shak.
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   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.
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            Paul . . . called to be an apostle    --Rom. i. 1.
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            The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul
            for the work whereunto I have called them. --Acts
                                                  xiii. 2.
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   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.
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            Now call we our high court of Parliament. --Shak.
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   4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a
      specifed name.
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            If you would but call me Rosalind.    --Shak.
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            And God called the light Day, and the darkness he
            called Night.                         --Gen. i. 5.
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   5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to
      denominate; to designate.
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            What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
                                                  --Acts x. 15.
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   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.
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            [The] army is called seven hundred thousand men.
                                                  --Brougham.
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   7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality
      of. [Obs.]
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            This speech calls him Spaniard.       --Beau. & Fl.
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   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.
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            No parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear. --Gay.
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   9. To invoke; to appeal to.
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            I call God for a witness.             --2 Cor. i. 23
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   10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
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             If thou canst awake by four o' the clock.
             I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly.
                                                  --Shak.
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   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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Call \Call\, n.
   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.
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            I rose as at thy call, but found thee not. --Milton.
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   2. A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon
      soldiers or sailors to duty.
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   3. (Eccl.) An invitation to take charge of or serve a church
      as its pastor.
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   4. A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of
      the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
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            Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity.
                                                  --Addison.
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            Running into danger without any call of duty.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   5. A divine vocation or summons.
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            St. Paul himself believed he did well, and that he
            had a call to it, when he persecuted the Christians.
                                                  --Locke.
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   6. Vocation; employment.

   Note: [In this sense, calling is generally used.]
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   7. A short visit; as, to make a call on a neighbor; also, the
      daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.
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            The baker's punctual call.            --Cowper.
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   8. (Hunting) A note blown on the horn to encourage the
      hounds.
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   9. (Naut.) A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his
      mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
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   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.
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   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.
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   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]
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   13. See Assessment, 4.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Call \Call\, v. i.
   1. To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; --
      sometimes with to.
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            You must call to the nurse.           --Shak.
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            The angel of God called to Hagar.     --Gen. xxi.
                                                  17.
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   2. To make a demand, requirement, or request.
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            They called for rooms, and he showed them one.
                                                  --Bunyan.
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   3. To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place
      designated, as for orders.
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            He ordered her to call at the house once a week.
                                                  --Temple.
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   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.
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