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CALL, Heb. To hold or restrain. In a general sense, to drive to strain or force out sound. Hence,

1. To name to denominate or give a name. And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. Genesis 1 .
2. To convoke to summon to direct or order to meet to assemble by order or public notice often with together as, the king called his council together the president called together the congress.
3. To request to meet or come.

He sent his servants to call them that were bidden. Math. 22.

4. To invite.

Because I have called and ye refused. Proverbs 1 .

5. To invite or summon to come or be present to invite, or collect.

Call all your senses to you.

6. To give notice to come by authority to command to come as, call a servant.
7. To proclaim to name, or publish the name.

Nor parish clerk, who calls the psalm so clear.

8. To appoint or designate, as for an office, duty or employment.

See, I have called by name Bezaleel. Exodus 31 .

Paul called to be an apostle. Romans 1 .

9. To invite to warn to exhort. Isaiah 22:12 .
10. To invite or draw into union with Christ to bring to know, believe and obey the gospel. Revelation 8:28
11. To own and acknowledge. Hebrews 2:11 .
12. To invoke or appeal to.

I call God for a record. 2 Corinthians 1 .

13. To esteem or account. Isaiah 47:5 . Matthew 3:15 .

To call down, to invite, or to bring down.

To call back, to revoke, or retract to recall to summon or bring back.

To call for, to demand, require or claim, as a crime calls for punishment or to cause to grow. Ezekiel 36 . Also, to speak for to ask to request as, to call for a dinner.

To call in, to collect, as to call in debts or money or to draw from circulation, as to call in clipped coin or to summon together to invite to come together as, to call in neighbors or friends.

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

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

To call up, to bring into view or recollection as, to call u the image of a deceased friend also, to bring into action, or discussion as, to call up a bill before a legislative body.

To call over, to read a list, name by name to recite separate particulars in order, as a roll of names.

To call out, to summon to fight to challenge also, to summon into service as, to call out the militia.

To call to mind, to recollect to revive in memory.


1. To utter a loud sound, or to address by name to utter the name sometimes with to.

The angel of God called to Hagar. Genesis 21 .

2. To stop, without intention of staying to make a short stop as, to call at the inn. This use Johnson supposes to have originated in the custom of denoting ones presence at the door by a call. It is common, in this phrase, to use at, as to call at the inn or on, as to call on a friend. This application seems to be equivalent to speak, D. Kallen. Let us speak at this place.

To call on, to make a short visit to also, to solicit payment, or make a demand of a debt. In a theological sense, to pray to or worship as, to call on the name of the Lord. Genesis 4 . To repeat solemnly.

To call out, to utter a loud voice to bawl a popular use of the phrase.

CALL, n.

1. A vocal address, of summons or invitation as, he will not come at a call.
2. Demand requisition public claim as, listen to the calls of justice or humanity.
3. Divine vocation, or summons as the call of Abraham.
4. Invitation request of a public body or society as, a clergyman has a call to settle in the ministry.
5. A summons from heaven impulse.

St. Paul believed he had a call, when he persecuted the Christians.

6. Authority command.
7. A short visit as, to make a call to give one a call that is, a speaking to D. Kallen. To give one a call, is to stop a moment and speak or say a word or to have a short conversation with.
8. Vocation employment. In this sense calling is generally used.
9. A naming a nomination.
10. Among hunters, a lesson blown on the horn, to comfort the hounds.
11. Among seamen, a whistle or pipe, used by the boatswain and his mate, to summon the sailors to their duty.
12. The English name of the mineral called by the Germans tungsten or wolfram.
13. Among fowlers, the noise or cry of a fowl, or a pipe to call birds by imitating their voice.
14. In legislative bodies, the call of the house, is a calling over the names of the members, to discover who is absent or for other purpose a calling of names with a view to obtain answers from the person named.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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