An option that gives the right to buy the underlying futures contract. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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I. call call 1 [kɔːl ǁ kɒːl] verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] to telephone someone:

• She called the airport to ask about flights.

• I was told that the office was closed and to call tomorrow.

2. call (somebody) collect to make a telephone call which is paid for by the person you are telephoning; = reverse Bre
3. call a meeting/​election to arrange for a meeting or an election to happen at a definite time:

• The company called a shareholders' meeting to discuss the takeover bid.

4. [intransitive] to make a short visit to a person or place in order to do something:

• If you decide not to go ahead, just return the policy within 15 days. No salesman will call.

5. [transitive] to ask or order someone to come to a place:
call somebody in/​into/​to

• Mike was called into the manager's office and told there was no longer a job for him.

call somebody to do something

• They were called to give evidence before the committee.

6. [transitive] FINANCE to repay a loan or bond to a lender, usually before it is normally due to be repaid:

• Interest rates are so low now it's unlikely the bonds will ever be called.

call back phrasal verb
1. [transitive] call something → back FINANCE to ask for something that you have lent or given to be paid or given back to you:

• In conditions of liquidity shortage they will call back these loans.

2. [intransitive, transitive] call somebody → back to telephone someone again, usually because one of you was not in or was busy at the time of the first call:

• No problem, I'll call back later.

• Can you ask him to call me back when he gets in?

3. [intransitive] to visit a person or place again in order to do something:

• I've got to do some shopping now. I'll call back later for my order.

call for something phrasal verb [transitive]
to ask publicly for something to happen:

• The company's second largest shareholder is calling for the public flotation of the shares.

call for something call for somebody to do something

• He called for Europe to work towards economic integration.

call in phrasal verb
1. [transitive] call somebody → in to ask for someone in authority to come and deal with a situation:

• The company called in a team of experts to help it sort out its problems.

• The hotel had been experiencing financial difficulties, and the receivers were called in.

2. [transitive] call something → in FINANCE to ask for money that you have lent to be repaid:

• The company continued to trade at a loss and the bank decided to call in its loan.

3. [intransitive] to telephone somewhere, especially the place where you work, to tell them what you are doing or where you are:

• During the break I called in to the office.

• I wasn't feeling very well, so I called in sick (= telephoned to say I was too ill to come to work ) .

call something → off phrasal verb [transitive]
to decide and announce that something should be stopped or should not take place:

• The union called off strike action planned for today.

call on/​upon somebody phrasal verb [transitive]
1. to formally ask someone to do something:

• She called on local employers to commit themselves to equal opportunities.

2. to visit someone for a short time:

• Small booksellers often don't have time to see all the reps who call on them.

call up phrasal verb
1. [intransitive, transitive] call somebody → up to telephone someone:

• Several customers called up to complain.

2. [transitive] call something → up COMPUTING if you call up information on a computer, you make the computer show it to you:

• Here's how to call up the latest Stock Exchange prices.

  [m0] II. call call 2 noun [countable]
1. an attempt to speak to someone by telephone:

• Calls cost 36p a minute cheap rate, 48p at all other times.

• If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please give me a call on the number above.

• Andrew Walker telephoned this morning, and would like you to return his call as soon as possible.

ˌcold ˈcall also ˌblind ˈcall MARKETING
if someone who is selling something makes a cold call or a blind call, they telephone someone they have never spoken to before to offer them a product or service:

• I've started to get cold calls from phone dealerships offering me free upgrades for my phone.

• Placing blind calls isn't entirely futile, insists Mr. Sobeck, who guesses that one out of 40 or 50 calls turns up a lead.

— cold calling noun [uncountable] :

• Cold calling is an effective sales tactic if it's done properly.

— cold caller noun [countable] :

• A cold-caller mistakenly called the company's boss.

ˈconference ˌcall
a telephone call in which several people in different places are able to talk together at the same time
ˈcourtesy call MARKETING
a call from a company to one of its customers, for example in order to find out if the customer is satisfied with the service:

• Regular courtesy calls are made to ensure the client is happy with the work and the conduct of employees.

ˈtoll call
a telephone call over a long distance, that is charged at a higher rate than a local call:

• Are most of your toll calls instate or out?

2. a request or demand for someone to do something:
toll call for

• He made a call for private companies to offer up to 25% of their shares to workers' co-operatives.

• a strike call

3. a short visit, especially for a particular reason:

• I'll pay a call on our supplier later this week.

4. BANKING a demand for money that can be made at any time and without warning, especially a demand for a loan to be repaid:

• There are $200 million in bearer bonds still outstanding, held by people who did not hear about a call.

ˈcash call FINANCE
when a company asks existing shareholders for more money for investment:

• Ladbroke's said that under the terms of the cash call, it plans to issue 216 million new ordinary shares at 220p each.

5. BANKING at/​on call if a bank lends money at call or on call, the bank can demand to have it paid back at any time and without warning; = ON DEMAND:

• Overdrafts to customers are often granted for a few days or weeks. Some loans to other financial institutions may be loans at call.

6. FINANCE a demand from a company to a shareholder to pay for shares that they have been given:

• The company is raising £155 million from the first call of 225p a share.

ˈmargin call FINANCE
an occasion when investors who have borrowed money to buy shares or other investments must repay it, for example because the value of their investments has gone down:

• The firm clearing his account issued a $22 million margin call, which he didn't meet.

7. also covered call another name for call option (= the right to buy shares etc at a particular price within a specific period of time):

• Total options volume was 33,000, with puts at 19,000 outnumbering calls.

8. a decision that you have to make yourself:

• Buy or don't buy - it's your call.

— see also yield to call
ˈjudgement call , judgment call
a decision that you have to make yourself in a new or unfamiliar situation:

• The company made a judgment call in proceeding with the project.

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   An option that gives the holder the right to buy an underlying instrument at an agreed price within a specified time. The seller or writer has the obligation to sell the underlying instrument if the holder exercises the option.
   ► See also Option, Put.

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call UK US /kɔːl/ verb
[I or T] COMMUNICATIONS to phone someone: »

I'll tell Mr Baker you called. Would you like me to pass on any message?


Please call us as soon as possible so that we can resolve this issue.

call collect — Cf. call collect
[T] to ask or demand that a particular action should be taken or that a particular event should happen: call an election/meeting/strike »

An emergency meeting of the board was called for the next day.

call for order — Cf. call for order
[T] (also call sth in) FINANCE to say officially that borrowed money must be paid back: call (in) a debt/loan »

The contract gives the lender the right to call a loan if the borrower sells the property.

call (in) a bond — Cf. call in a bond
[T] to ask someone to come to a place: call sb in/into/over »

He was called into a manager's office and told that, after 26 years of service, he was no longer needed.


She called me over and asked if I was interested in applying for the job.

[I] to visit a person or place for a short time: »

A salesman called at my home.

[T] INFORMAL to say that a particular event or action will happen in the future: »

He claims to have called the downturn in the economy nearly four years ago.

[T] LAW to make someone say what they know about a situation, in a court of law or to a government official or group: »

The committee can call witnesses and compel them to answer questions.

call UK US /kɔːl/ noun
[C] COMMUNICATIONS an act of communicating with someone by phone: a phone/telephone call »

I'm expecting a phone call from him this morning.

a local/international/long-distance call »

The company is dropping international call charges to over 20 countries.

make/place a call »

We're not allowed to make private calls at work.

get/receive/take a call »

Thank you for taking my call.

return sb's call »

He was busy when I contacted him and he didn't return my calls.

See also COLD-CALL(Cf. ↑cold-call), CONFERENCE CALL(Cf. ↑conference call), COURTESY CALL(Cf. ↑courtesy call), TOLL CALL(Cf. ↑toll call)
[C] a short visit, especially one for a particular or official purpose: »

a customer/sales call

pay a call on sb »

While I was in the area, I took the opportunity of paying a call on one of my clients.

See also COURTESY CALL(Cf. ↑courtesy call)
[C] a demand for something to happen: a call for sth »

Yesterday there were renewed calls for a change in the law.

[C or U] a situation in which people or businesses want or need a particular thing: a call for/on sth »

Energy efficiency and conservation could lead to a reduced call for exports.

no call for sth »

There is no call for such luxuries in the present economic climate.


He was finding that there were a numbers of calls on his time in his new role.

[C] STOCK MARKET a demand made by a company to shareholders for payment of money they owe for shares for which they have paid only part of the price: »

Shareholders received notice of a call of 40 cents per share on all partly paid-up shares.

FINANCE a demand for money that is owed to be paid back: »

Your loan may contain a call provision if you fall behind on your payments.

See also CASH CALL(Cf. ↑cash call), MARGIN CALL(Cf. ↑margin call)
[C] FINANCE CALL OPTION(Cf. ↑call option)
at/on call — Cf. at call
on call — Cf. on call

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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