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noun call pronunciation in American English /kɔl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a loud shout to someone who is not near you
    call for: A hiker heard his calls for help.
  2. 2
    [countable] an act of telephoning someone
    an incoming/outgoing call: You can’t take incoming calls on the payphone.
    The helpline received 100 calls in the first couple of hours.
    return a call (=telephone someone who tried to telephone you): He never returned her calls.
    take/answer a call: He took the call in his study.
    make a call: Can you wait while I make another call?
    give someone a call: Why don’t you give me a call in the morning?
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the sound that an animal usually makes
  4. 5
    [countable] a formal or public request that something should happen
    call for: The government has rejected calls for tougher immigration laws.
    There were renewed calls for a return to the peace talks.
    a call to someone to do something: This is a call to all voters to participate.
  5. 6
    [countable] old-fashioned a short visit to someone, especially to their home
    pay a call on someone/pay someone a call: We decided to pay another call on the Browns.
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  6. 8
    [countable] a decision that you have to make, especially when you have to choose between two possible actions
    “Do we offer him the job?” “It’s your call.”
    a tough/hard/difficult/easy call
    make the call: In cases like this, it’s the President that has to make the call.
  7. 11
    [countable] something that needs your time, money, or attention
    call on: Parents of young children have so many other calls on their time.
  8. 12
    [uncountable] [usually in negatives] the number of requests by customers for a particular product or service
    call for: We only have orange juice. There’s not much call for cranberry juice around here.
  9. 13
    [singular] a strong feeling of wanting to do something, especially as a career
    Many young people are feeling the call to do charity work.

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