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Summon for a scolding or rebuke, as in Suspecting a leak to the press, the governor called his press secretary on the carpet. This term began as on the carpet, which in the early 1700s referred to a cloth (carpet) covering a conference table and therefore came to mean “under consideration or discussion.” In 19th-century […]
call (def 52). to cry out in a loud voice; shout: He called her name to see if she was home. to command or request to come; summon: to call a dog; to call a cab; to call a witness. to ask or invite to come: Will you call the family to dinner? to communicate […]
an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate. a command of a court or judge. a command or notice issued by a military organization or a military commander to troops, sailors, etc. the disposition of things following one after another, as in space or time; succession or sequence: The names were listed in alphabetical order. a […]
an act or instance of calling out. an order to report for emergency or special work, especially at an unusual time or place. a letter, number, or other device for identifying or calling attention to a particular part of an illustration. a challenge to a duel.