call out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theycall out
he/she/itcalls out
present participlecalling out
past tensecalled out
past participlecalled out
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to shout something, especially when you are trying to get someone’s attention

    Hands up, please – don’t call out.

    ‘In here!’ she called out.

    call out to:

    I tried to call out to him through the window.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to ask a person or organization that provides a service to come and deal with something for you
    call someone out to do something:

    Governor Ross called out the militia to deal with the riot.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to challenge someone over something they have said or done

    Why he would call her out in an open forum is beyond me.

    You should politely but firmly call them out on their offensive behavior.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/02/2017
See also main entry: call