the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
- call option
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
"he was ejected for protesting the call"
a visit in an official or professional capacity
"the pastor's calls on his parishioners"
"the salesman's call on a customer"
an instruction that interrupts the program being executed
"Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"
"many calls for Christmas stories"
"not many calls for buggywhips"
a demand for a show of hands in a card game
"after two raises there was a call"
a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
- margin call
a brief social visit
"senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"
"the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence"
the characteristic sound produced by a bird
"a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
a loud utterance
often in protest or opposition
"the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"
a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
"he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
a telephone connection
"she reported several anonymous calls"
"he placed a phone call to London"
"he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call"
- phone call - telephone call
rouse somebody from sleep with a call
"I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"
consider or regard as being
"I would not call her beautiful"
challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
"call the speaker on a question of fact"
utter in a loud voice or announce
"He called my name"
"The auctioneer called the bids"
order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role
"He was already called 4 times for jury duty"
"They called him to active military duty"
order or request or give a command for
"The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
"call a runner out"
challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement
charge with or censure for an offense
"He deserves to be called on that"
require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
"Call a bond"
make a prediction about
tell in advance
"Call the outcome of an election"
indicate a decision in regard to
"call balls and strikes behind the plate"
give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
- call off
make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
"He called his trump"
demand payment of (a loan)
"Call a loan"
- call in
make a stop in a harbour
"The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
"He always addresses me with `Sir'"
"Call me Mister"
"She calls him by first name"
stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
"call a football game"
utter a characteristic note or cry
"bluejays called to one another"
send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.
make a signal to in order to transmit a message
"Hawaii is calling!"
"A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"
read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
call a meeting
invite or command to meet
"The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"
"The new dean calls meetings every week"
pay a brief visit
"The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
- call in
order, request, or command to come
"She was called into the director's office"
"Call the police!"
- send for
utter a sudden loud cry
"she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"
"I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
- shout out
get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
"I tried to call you all night"
"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
- call up
ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
"He called me a bastard"
"She called her children lazy and ungrateful"
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
"They named their son David"
"The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"