Definition 2022


call out

See also: callout and call-out


Alternative forms


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

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To specify, especially in detail.
    They call out 304 stainless steel in the drawing, but the part was made from aluminum.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To order into service; to summon into service.
    The Governor called out the National Guard.
  3. (intransitive, transitive) To yell out; to vocalize audibly; announce.
    • 1971, Carole King, “You’ve Got A Friend”, Tapestry, Ode Records
      You just call out my name / And you know wherever I am / I'll come running to see you again.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To challenge; denounce; point out; charge.
    He was very insulting. Finally Jack called him out and shut him up.
    She called them out on their lies.

Usage notes

Bus operators are said to "call out" a stop when they announce that it will be the next available stop; synonyms of call out are not typically used.

See also



call out (plural call outs)

  1. (Britain) An incidence of someone being summoned for some purpose.
    I had to pay for the call out of the plumber after the pipe burst.
  2. (US) A meeting or rally held in order to find interested participants, e.g. for an activity or sports team.
    So many people attended the basketball call out that the coach decided to form 2 teams.