call in

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See also: callin, call-in, and callin'



call in (third-person singular simple present calls in, present participle calling in, simple past and past participle called in)

  1. (intransitive, copulative) To communicate with a base etc, by telephone.
    I was too unwell to work yesterday so I called in sick.
  2. (transitive) To report; communicate (a message) by telephone or similar.
    The hoaxer called in a bomb threat.
  3. (intransitive) To pay a short visit.
    Synonyms: pop in, call on
    I'll call in this afternoon to pick up my prescription.
  4. (transitive) To summon someone, especially for help or advice.
    Synonym: summon
    Coordinate terms: call over, call up, call down, send in
    The government called in the army to deal with the riots.
    • 1941 December, Kenneth Brown, “The Newmarket & Chesterford Railway—II”, in Railway Magazine, page 533:
      By the latter part of 1848, the throne of Hudson the Railway King who had been called in in 1845 as a superman to save the Eastern Counties Railway, was tottering to its fall, [...].
  5. (transitive) To withdraw something from sale or circulation.
    Synonym: recall

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