meaning of call

1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon; as, to call a servant.
To summon to the discharge of a particular duty; to designate for an office, or employment, especially of a religious character; -- often used of a divine summons; as, to be called to the ministry; sometimes, to invite; as, to call a minister to be the pastor of a church.
To invite or command to meet; to convoke; -- often with together; as, the President called Congress together; to appoint and summon; as, to call a meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a specifed name.
To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to denominate; to designate.
To state, or estimate, approximately or loosely; to characterize without strict regard to fact; as, they call the distance ten miles; he called it a full days work.
To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality of.
To utter in a loud or distinct voice; -- often with off; as, to call, or call off, the items of an account; to call the roll of a military company.
To invoke; to appeal to.
To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
To speak in loud voice; to cry out; to address by name; -- sometimes with to.
To make a demand, requirement, or request.
To make a brief visit; also, to stop at some place designated, as for orders.
The act of calling; -- usually with the voice, but often otherwise, as by signs, the sound of some instrument, or by writing; a summons; an entreaty; an invitation; as, a call for help; the bugles call.
A signal, as on a drum, bugle, trumpet, or pipe, to summon soldiers or sailors to duty.
An invitation to take charge of or serve a church as its pastor.
A requirement or appeal arising from the circumstances of the case; a moral requirement or appeal.
A divine vocation or summons.
Vocation; employment.
A short visit; as, to make a call on a neighbor; also, the daily coming of a tradesman to solicit orders.
A note blown on the horn to encourage the hounds.
A whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to duty.
The cry of a bird; also a noise or cry in imitation of a bird; or a pipe to call birds by imitating their note or cry.
A reference to, or statement of, an object, course, distance, or other matter of description in a survey or grant requiring or calling for a corresponding object, etc. , on the land.
The privilege to demand the delivery of stock, grain, or any commodity, at a fixed, price, at or within a certain time agreed on.
See Assessment, 4.
the option to buy a given stock or stock index or commodity future at a given price before a given date

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