1 [transitive] to ask somebody/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. 2 [intransitive, transitive] to telephone somebody 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.