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called    : [k'ɔld]
Call \Call\ (k[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Called} (k[add]ld);
p. pr. & vb. n. {Calling}] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin to
Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG.
kall[=o]n to call; cf. Gr. ghry`ein to speak, sing, Skr. gar
to praise. Cf. {Garrulous}.]
1. To command or request to come or be present; to summon;
as, to call a servant.
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Call hither Clifford; bid him come amain --Shak.
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2. 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.
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Paul . . . called to be an apostle --Rom. i. 1.
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The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul
for the work whereunto I have called them. --Acts
xiii. 2.
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3. 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
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Now call we our high court of Parliament. --Shak.
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4. To give name to; to name; to address, or speak of, by a
specifed name.
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If you would but call me Rosalind. --Shak.
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And God called the light Day, and the darkness he
called Night. --Gen. i. 5.
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5. To regard or characterize as of a certain kind; to
denominate; to designate.
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What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
--Acts x. 15.
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6. 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 day's work.
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[The] army is called seven hundred thousand men.
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7. To show or disclose the class, character, or nationality
of. [Obs.]
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This speech calls him Spaniard. --Beau. & Fl.
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8. 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.
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No parish clerk who calls the psalm so clear. --Gay.
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9. To invoke; to appeal to.
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I call God for a witness. --2 Cor. i. 23
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10. To rouse from sleep; to awaken.
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If thou canst awake by four o' the clock.
I prithee call me. Sleep hath seized me wholly.
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{To call a bond}, to give notice that the amount of the bond
will be paid.

{To call a party} (Law), to cry aloud his name in open court,
and command him to come in and perform some duty requiring
his presence at the time on pain of what may befall him.

{To call back}, to revoke or retract; to recall; to summon

{To call down}, to pray for, as blessing or curses.

{To call forth}, to bring or summon to action; as, to call
forth all the faculties of the mind.

{To call in},
(a) To collect; as, to call in debts or money; ar to
withdraw from cirulation; as, to call in uncurrent
(b) To summon to one's side; to invite to come together;
as, to call in neighbors.

{To call (any one) names}, to apply contemptuous names (to
any one).

{To call off}, to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the
attention; to call off workmen from their employment.

{To call out}.
(a) To summon to fight; to challenge.
(b) To summon into service; as, to call out the militia.

{To call over}, to recite separate particulars in order, as a
roll of names.

{To call to account}, to demand explanation of.

{To call to mind}, to recollect; to revive in memory.

{To call to order}, to request to come to order; as:
(a) A public meeting, when opening it for business.
(b) A person, when he is transgressing the rules of

{To call to the bar}, to admit to practice in courts of law.

{To call up}.
(a) To bring into view or recollection; as to call up the
image of deceased friend.
(b) To bring into action or discussion; to demand the
consideration of; as, to call up a bill before a
legislative body.

Syn: To name; denominate; invite; bid; summon; convoke;
assemble; collect; exhort; warn; proclaim; invoke;
appeal to; designate.

Usage: {To Call}, {Convoke}, {Summon}. Call is the generic
term; as, to call a public meeting. To convoke is to
require the assembling of some organized body of men
by an act of authority; as, the king convoked
Parliament. To summon is to require attendance by an
act more or less stringent anthority; as, to summon a
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