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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

    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.

    1. a.
      a request that someone pay back money they were lent
  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. 7
    [countable] an announcement in an airport telling passengers to go to their airplane because it is leaving soon

    This is the last call for flight UA 554 to Denver.

  7. 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.”

    make the call:

    In cases like this, it’s the President that has to make the call.

  8. 9
    [countable] a guess about what will happen, for example in politics or business

    The election looks so close that it’s anybody’s call.

    1. a.
      a guess about which side of a coin will be showing when it comes down after it has been tossed in the air
  9. 10
    [countable] a statement of which of the four suits of cards will be trump (=cards with a higher value) in a card game
  10. 11
    [countable] something that needs your time, money, or attention
    call on:

    Parents of young children have so many other calls on their time.

  11. 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.

  12. 14
    [countable] American an occasion when someone talks on television or radio about what is happening in a race or game


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