call (verb, noun) past tense: called LISTEN
If you call someone, it means that you use a telephone to contact them.
- I need to speak to you. Can you call me tonight?
If you give someone a call, it means that you call them.
- Give me a call when you have time.
If you call, it can also mean that you speak loudly because you want someone to hear you. Usually the person isn’t very near you.
- “Dinner’s on the table!” she called.
- He called for help but nobody heard him.
If you call someone or something a name, it means that you use that name when you talk about them.
- My name’s Ronald, but everyone calls me Ron.
- We call it a sweater, but in the UK they call it a jumper.
In pop culture
Do you know the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen? It’s about a girl who meets a boy and she really likes him straight away. Listen for these words in the song: “Hey, I just met you / And this is crazy / But here’s my number / So call me maybe.”
There are other meanings of call.