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noun call pronunciation in British English /kɔːl/ 
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pluralcalls
  1. 1
    [countable] an act of telephoning someone

    The helpline received 100 calls in the first couple of hours.

    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?

    take/answer a call:

    He took the call in his study.

    return a call (=telephone someone who tried to telephone you):

    He never returned her calls.

    an incoming/outgoing call:

    You can't take incoming calls on the payphone.

  2. 2
    [countable] a loud shout to someone who is not near you
    call for:

    A passer-by heard his calls for help.

  3. 3
    [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.

  4. 4
    [countable] 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.

  5. 5
    [countable] an announcement in an airport telling passengers to go to their plane because it is leaving soon

    This is the last call for flight BA6774 to Stuttgart.

  6. 6
    [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. 8
    [countable] something that needs your time, money, or attention
    call on:

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

  8. 9
    [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. 12
    [singular] a strong feeling of wanting to do something, especially as a career

    Many young people are feeling the call to do charity work.

    1. a.
      a strong feeling that makes you want to go somewhere or to have a particular type of life
      the call of something:

      He could not resist the call of the outdoor life.

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