- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to telephone someone I'll call again later. call somebody/something I called the office to tell them I'd be late. My brother called me from Spain last night. describe somebody/something
- 2 [transitive] to describe someone or something in a particular way; to consider someone or something to be something call somebody/something + noun I wouldn't call German an easy language. Are you calling me a liar? He was in the family room, or the den, or whatever you want to call it. You owe me ten dollars and forty-three cents. Let's just call it ten dollars. call somebody/something + adj. Would you call it blue or green? Thesaurusregardcall find consider see viewThese words all mean to think about someone or something in a particular way.regard to think of someone or something in a particular way:He seemed to regard the whole thing as a joke.call to say that someone or something has particular qualities or characteristics:I wouldn't call German an easy language.find to have a particular feeling or opinion about something:You may find his story hard to believe.consider to think of someone or something in a particular way:Whom do you consider (to be) responsible for the accident?regard or consider?These two words have the same meaning, but they are used in different patterns and structures. In this meaning, consider must be used with a complement or clause: you can consider somebody/something to be something or consider somebody/something as something, although very often the to be or as is left out:He considers himself an expert. They are considered a high-risk group.You can also consider that somebody/something is something and again, the that can be left out. Regard is used in a narrower range of structures. The most frequent structure is regard somebody/something as something; the as cannot be left out:I regard him a close friend.You cannotregard somebody/something to be somethingorregard that somebody/something is something. However, regard (but not consider in this meaning) can also be used without a noun or adjective complement but with just an object and adverb (somebody/something is highly regarded) or adverbial phrase (regard somebody/something with suspicion/jealousy/admiration).see to have an opinion of something:Try to see things from her point of view.view to think of someone or something in a particular way:How do you view your position within the company? View has the same meaning as regard and consider but is slightly less frequent and slightly less formal. The main structures are view somebody/something as somebody/something (you cannot leave out the as) and view somebody/something with something.Patterns to regard/consider/see/view somebody/something as something to regard/consider/see/view somebody/something from a particular perspective to find/consider somebody/something to be something generally/usually/often regarded/considered/seen/viewed as something to regard/consider/view somebody/something favorably/unfavorably give name
- 3 [transitive] to give someone or something a particular name; to use a particular name or title when you are talking to someone call somebody/something + noun They called their daughter Hannah. His name is Hiroshi but everyone calls him Hiro. What do they call that new fabric? call somebody We call each other by our first names here. see also called ask/order by telephone
- 4 [transitive] to ask someone or something to come quickly to a particular place by telephoning call somebody/something to call the fire department/the police/a doctor/an ambulance The doctor has been called to an urgent case. I'll call a taxi for you. call somebody something I'll call you a taxi. ask/order someone to come
- 5 [transitive, intransitive] call (somebody) to ask someone to come by shouting or speaking loudly Will you call the kids in for lunch? Did you call?
- 6 [transitive, usually passive] + adv./prep. (formal) to order someone to come to a place Several candidates were called for a second interview. The ambassador was called back to Washington by the president. He felt called to the priesthood (= had a strong feeling that he must become a priest).
- 7[transitive] to order someone to come into a court to give evidence call somebody Call the next witness! call somebody as something Seventeen people were called as witnesses. call somebody to do something He was called to testify at the trial. meeting/strike, etc.
- 8 [transitive] call something to order something to happen; to announce that something will happen to call a meeting/an election/a strike shout
- 9 [intransitive, transitive] to shout or say something loudly to attract someone's attention I thought I heard someone calling. call (out) to somebody (for something) She called out to her father for help. call (something) out He called out a warning from the kitchen. call something Did someone call my name? + speech “See you later!” she called. describe yourself
- 10 [transitive] call yourself + noun to claim that you are a particular type of person, especially when other people question whether this is true You call yourself a friend? So why won't you help me, then? She has no right to call herself a feminist. of bird/animal
- 11 [intransitive] to make the cry that is typical for it in sports
- 12[transitive] to make an official decision about a play or shot call something The umpire called a foul ball. call somebody/something + adj. The serve was called out. The umpire called the runner safe. predict
- 13[transitive] call something to predict the result of a future event, especially an election or a vote The presidential race is still too close to call (= the candidates are doing equally well and it is impossible to guess who will win). Wow! You called it! How did you know that would happen? cancel
- 14 [transitive] call something to stop or cancel a game The game was called because of rain. visit
- 15 [intransitive] (old-fashioned) to make a short visit to a person or place call on somebody Miss Crane called on Mrs. Alcott this afternoon. call to do something He was out when I called to see him. coin
- 16 [transitive, intransitive] call (something) to say which side of a coin you think will face upward after it is thrown to call heads/tails in dances
- 17 [intransitive, transitive] call (something) to shout out the steps for people performing a square dance in cards
- 18[transitive, intransitive] call (somebody/something) (in a game of poker) to bet the same amount of money as the previous player, and so force the player to show his or her cards Thesauruscallcry out exclaim blurt (out)These words all mean to shout or say something loudly or suddenly.call to shout or say something loudly to attract someone's attention:I thought I heard someone calling.cry out (something) to shout something loudly, especially when you need help or are in trouble:She cried out for help. I cried out his name.exclaim to say something suddenly and loudly, especially because of a strong emotion:“It isn't fair!” he exclaimed angrily.blurt (out) to say something suddenly and without thinking carefully enough:He blurted out the answer.Patterns to call/cry out/exclaim/blurt out (something) to somebody to call/cry out for somebody/something to cry out/exclaim/blurt out in/with something to call/cry out/exclaim/blurt out suddenly to call/cry out/exclaim/burst out loudlyIdioms
- 1to remember someone or something synonym recall She couldn't call to mind where she had seen him before.
- 2to remind you of someone or something synonym recall The painting brings to mind some of Picasso's early works.
- 1to agree to end a contest, disagreement, etc. because both sides seem equal
- 2to decide to stop doing something
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NAmE//kɔl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they call
he / she / it calls
past simple called
-ing form calling
bring/call somebody/something to mind (formal)jump to other results
to tell someone to do what they are threatening to do, because you believe that they will not be cruel or brave enough to do it
call somebody's bluffjump to other results
to make use of something Chess is a game that calls into play all your powers of concentration.
call something into play (formal)jump to other results
to doubt something or make others doubt something synonym question His honesty has never been called into question.
call something into questionjump to other results
to decide or agree to stop doing something After forty years in politics I think it's time for me to call it a day (= to retire).
call it a day (informal)jump to other results
call it quits (informal)jump to other results
to use insulting words about someone
call somebody namesjump to other results
to be the person who controls a situation
call the shots/tune (informal)jump to other results
to say exactly what you think without trying to hide your opinion
call a spade a spadejump to other results
to make someone explain a mistake, etc. because they are responsible for it
call somebody to account (for/over something)jump to other results
to ask people in a meeting to be quiet so that the meeting can start or continue
call somebody/something to orderjump to other results
the person who provides the money for something can also control how it is spent
he who pays the piper calls the tune (saying)jump to other results
called to see someone in authority because you have done something wrong I got called on the carpet for being late.
(be/get called) on the carpet (informal)jump to other results
used to say that you should not criticize someone for a fault that you have yourself
the pot calling the kettle black (saying) (informal)jump to other results
used instead of a name that you cannot remember I spoke to what's-his-name, you know, Sue's math teacher. Phrasal Verbscall at…call somebody awaycall backcall for somebodycall for somethingcall somethingforthcall incall somebodyincall somethingincall somebody/somethingoffcall somethingoffcall on/upon somebodycall somebody outcall somebodyupcall somethingup
what-d'you-call-him/-her/-it/-them, what's-his/-her/-its/-their-namejump to other results