Serious Human Problem
cry out to (someone) in order to summon them or attract their attention: she heard Terry calling her | [ no obj. ] : I distinctly heard you call.
cry out (a word or words): he heard an insistent voice calling his name | Meredith was already calling out a greeting.
(of an animal, especially a bird) make its characteristic cry.
shout out or chant (the steps and figures) to people performing a square dance or country dance.
telephone (a person or telephone number): could I call you back?
summon (something, especially an emergency service or a taxicab) by telephone: if you are suspicious, call the police.
bring (a witness) into court to give evidence.
and infinitive ] archaic inspire or urge (someone) to do something: I am called to preach the Gospel.
fix a date or time for (a meeting, strike, or election).
guess the outcome of tossing a coin: “You call,” he said. “Heads or tails?”
predict the result of (a future event, especially an election or a vote): in the Northeast, the race remains too close to call.
Computing cause the execution of (a subroutine).
2 and complement ] give (an infant or animal) a specified name: they called their daughter Hannah.
(be called) have a specified name: she is called Eva | a 1942 mystery called Time To Kill. a new Disney show called Hannah Montana.• address or refer to (someone) by a specified name, title, endearment, or term of abuse: please call me Lucy.
refer to, consider, or describe (someone or something) as being: he's the only person I would call a friend.
(of an umpire or other official in a game) pronounce (a ball, stroke, or other action) to be the thing specified: the linesman called the ball wide.
3 (of a person) pay a brief visit: he called around last night looking for you.
(call for) stop to pick up (someone) at the place where they are living or working: I'll call for you around seven.
1 a cry made as a summons or to attract someone's attention: in response to the call, a figure appeared.
the characteristic cry of a bird or other animal.
[ with modifier ] a series of notes sounded on a brass instrument as a signal to do something: a bugle call to rise at 5:30.
a telephone communication or conversation: I'll give you a call at around five.
(a call for) an appeal or demand for: the call for action was welcomed.
summons: a messenger arrived bringing news of his call to the throne.
in sing. ]a vocation: his call to be a disciple.
a powerful force of attraction: hikers can't resist the call of the Sierras.
. with negative a call for) a demand or need for (goods or services): there was little call for work as sophisticated as his.
Computing a command to execute a subroutine.
a shout by an official in a game indicating whether the ball has gone out of play, a rule has been breached, etc.; the decision or ruling so made: the replay shows that the umpire made a bad call.
Bridge a bid, response, or double.
a direction in a square dance given by the caller.
a demand for payment of lent or unpaid capital.
Stock Market short for call option.
a player's right or turn to make a bid in a card game.
2 a brief visit: we paid a call on Howard.
a visit or journey made in response to an emergency appeal for help: the doctor was out on a call.
call attention to cause people to notice: he is seeking to call attention to himself by his crimes.
call someone's bluff see bluff1.
call collect N. Amer. make a telephone call reversing the charges.
call something into play cause or require something to start working so that one can make use of it: our active participation as spectators is called into play.
call something into (or in) question cast doubt on something: these findings call into question the legitimacy of the proceedings.
call it a day see day.
call someone names see name.
call of nature see nature.
call the shots (or tune) take the initiative in deciding how something should be done.
call a spade a spade see spade1.
call someone to account see account.
call someone/something to mind cause one to think of someone or something, especially through similarity: the still lifes call to mind certain of Cézanne's works. with negative remember someone or something with clause : I cannot call to mind where I have seen you.
call someone/something to order ask those present at a meeting to be silent so that business may proceed.
don't call us, we'll call you informal used as a dismissive way of saying that someone has not been successful in an audition or a job application.
good call (or bad call) informal used to express approval (or criticism) of a person's decision or suggestion. with reference to decisions made by referees or umpires.
on call 1 (of a person) able to be contacted in order to provide a professional service if necessary, but not formally on duty: our technicians are on call around the clock. 2 (of money lent) repayable on demand.
to call one's own used to describe something that one can genuinely feel belongs to one: I had not an item to call my own.
within call near enough to be summoned by calling: she moved into the guest room, within call of her father's room.
call for 1 make necessary: desperate times call for desperate measures. 2 publicly ask for or demand: the report calls for an audit of endangered species. 3 N. Amer. predict or describe (the likely weather conditions) for a period of time in the future: the forecast is calling for more rain. they're calling for temperatures in the 80s for the rest of the week.
call something forth elicit a response: few things call forth more compassion.
call someone/something down 1 cause or provoke someone or something to appear or occur: nothing called down the wrath of Nemesis quicker. 2 dated reprimand someone.
call someone in enlist someone's aid or services.
call something in require payment of a loan or promise of money.
call someone/something off order a person or dog to stop attacking someone.
call something off cancel an event or agreement.
call on 1 pay a visit to (someone): he's planning to call on Katherine today. 2 (also call upon)have recourse to: we are able to call on academic staff with a wide variety of expertise. with infinitive demand that (someone) do something: he called on the government to hold a plebiscite.
call someone out 1 summon someone, especially to deal with an emergency or to do repairs. 2 order or advise workers to strike. 3 archaic challenge someone to a duel.
call something over dated read out a list of names to determine those present.
call someone up 1 informal, chiefly N. Amer. telephone someone. 2 summon someone to serve in the army: they have called up more than 20,000 reservists. select someone to play in a team: he was called up from Columbus to finish the season with the Yankees.
call something up summon for use something that is stored or kept available: icons that allow you to call up a graphic. evoke something: the special effects that called up the Mars landscape were impressive.
why why why desire to speak with a person not visible? expect to hear what they say? How?
demand attention. psychotic harm