There are 2 main translations of call in Spanish

: call1CALL2


llamada, n.

Pronunciation /kɔl/ /kɔːl/

See Spanish definition of llamada


  • 1

    (by telephone)
    llamada feminine
    llamado masculine Latin America
    to make a call llamar por teléfono
    • to give sb a call llamar a algn (por teléfono)
    • I'll take the call in the other room hablaré desde la otra habitación
    • will you take the call? ¿le paso la llamada?
    • there's a call for you on line one lo llaman / tiene una llamada por la línea uno
    • I have to return his call tengo que devolverle la llamada
    • local/long-distance/international call llamada urbana/interurbana/internacional
    • an 800 call una llamada gratuita
  • 2

    • 2.1(of person)

      (cry) llamada feminine
      (cry) llamado masculine Latin America
      (shout) grito masculine
      a call for help una llamada (or un grito etc.) de socorro
      • didn't you hear my call? ¿no oíste que te llamé?
      • She ignored anybody else on the street, not paying attention to the calls she was getting.
      • The woman ran as the guys chased after her, yelling wild calls.
      • They were yelling, their calls reverberating down the hall.
      • Suddenly, the once somber and silent pressroom erupted in a cacophony of calls vying for the president's attention.
      • I had just about made it out the door when a call from behind me drew my attention.
      • Mary went to her pew and sat silently, listening to the calls and yells of the other kids going home outside.
      • Everyone else was already in there and he was greeted with loud calls and hellos as he entered the dressing room.
      • I heard her muffled call from the car.
      • My feet abruptly started walking faster after I heard Yori's call.
      • Rescue workers moved in, picking over debris and listening for calls for help.

    • 2.2

      (of animal) grito masculine
      (of bird) reclamo masculine

    • 2.3(of bugle, trumpet, horn)

      toque masculine
      the call to retreat la retreta
      • The bugle call sounded at retreat was first used in the French Army and dates back to the crusades.
      • Like any ex-civilian, raw recruit Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll will be keeping time to ordinary bugle calls.
      • His greatest music was made at a time of optimism in America, when the roar of the plains and the dissonant buzz of the cities still felt like the bugle calls of the new frontier.
      • Toward the end of one song, David Johnson busted out a cavalry call on the trumpet.
      • Performing the poignant trumpet call is the 92-year-old's way of honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Queen and country.

  • 3

    • 3.1(summons)

      the call of duty/to arms la llamada del deber/a las armas
      • his hospitality went far beyond the call of duty fue por demás hospitalario
      • to answer / obey the call of nature hacer sus (or mis etc.) necesidades

    • 3.2Religion

      the call to the priesthood la llamada al sacerdocio
      • to receive a call ser nombrado pastor

    • 3.3Theatre

      it's your call le toca salir a escena

    • 3.4(lure)

      llamada feminine
      atracción feminine

  • 4

    llamamiento masculine
    llamado masculine Latin America
    he made a call for peace hizo un llamamiento a la paz
    • the strike call el llamamiento a la huelga
    • there were calls for his resignation pidieron su dimisión
    • call for papers convocatoria de ponencias
  • 5

    there are too many calls on my time tengo demasiadas obligaciones
  • 6

    • 6.1(reason)

      motivo masculine
      he had no call to be rude no tenía por qué ser grosero

    • 6.2(demand)

      demanda feminine
      there's no / not much call for this product no hay mucha demanda para este producto

  • 7

    visita feminine
    to pay a call on sb hacerle una visita a algn
    • house calls visitas a domicilio
    • to pay a call ir al baño
  • 8

    • 8.1Sport

      decisión feminine
      cobro masculine Chile

    • 8.2(in bridge)

      declaración feminine
      to make one's call declarar
      • whose call is it? ¿a quién le toca declarar?
      • In some schedules a solo is worth more if you bid it over a previous call of misère or piek.
      • Five and six are no longer available, as this player has already used all his opportunities for these calls.
      • Then betting commences with raises, calls and folds as usual.
      • Since each call adds two cards to a player's hand, you can check how many calls you have made by counting the cards in your hand.
      • Each player is allowed a maximum of three calls per game.

    • 8.3US (in horse racing)

      comentario masculine

  • 9

    (on shares)
    dividendo pasivo masculine
    on / at call a la vista

transitive verb

  • 1

    to call sb's name llamar a algn
    • didn't you hear us calling you? ¿no oíste que te estábamos llamando?
    • to call the roll / register pasar lista
    • he calls the numbers at bingo canta los números en el bingo
    • to call time anunciar la hora de cerrar
    • the ball was called in/out declararon buena/mala la pelota
    • Standing up, I cupped my hands around my mouth, raising my voice before calling out his name.
    • You might think I have a lot of nerve calling out this word.
    • He didn't hear the bright, girlish voice calling out his name again and again until his caller stood right before him.
    • Kyra smiled and noticed everyone, pointing and waving at her, while calling out words of good luck.
    • He then scrambled down to the rudder to steer from there, but not before calling out a kind word to the deck below.
    • He started screaming his head off, calling out horrible words.
    • There was banging in the background and angry voices calling out her name.
    • Looking around into the darkness she could still hear the voice calling out her name.
    • As we followed the hostess to our table, I heard a familiar voice from the kitchen calling out orders.
    • I made out the voice of the PA announcer calling out the name of a batter.
    • Rina dropped to her knees and cradled her older sister in her arms, calling out her name in a pained voice.
    • Instead of calling the words, I read them the letter.
    • She turned to face the ranks behind her and called words she had been waiting to speak for a very long time.
    • A voice broke through the silence, calling out her name.
    • People with clipboards buzzed among them, calling out names, ticking off lists, leading them inside one by one to consulting rooms.
    • Jennifer blew kisses to visiting reporters and called out "hi, hi."
    • Madison makes her way out the door, calling goodbye to Robert over her shoulder.
    • One day I found myself running home from the bus stop, calling out goodbyes to Tracy and Brian.
    • After all, she had managed well enough the previous night, and calling a servant may draw attention to her presence.
    • One afternoon in 1999, I was dozing when I heard my maternal grandmother calling me.
    • Rose could hear Laurie calling her, but she didn't turn back.
    • As Natalie and I went into the lobby, we heard someone calling us.
    • Another very old man was heard, calling the young boy back.
    • As they were walking, Brooke heard someone calling her, and paused to see who it was.
    • Camped in the hills not far from her own house last summer, she even heard her uncle's voice calling out for her.
    • Estelle drifted off into an uneasy slumber and was awakened sometime during the late night by a low voice calling out to her.
    • Suddenly, a voice was calling out to him, coming from below.
    • The cat heard me call and ran up to me.
    • The old gal called me over to the director's chair they always had for her on the set.
    • She looked round to catch the bartender's attention, but didn't call him over.
    • We waited in silence and fear for a huge customs agent to call us over.
    • I turned around and ran, but stopped on the stairs when he called after me.
    • As she started to leave the office, Max called after her.
  • 2

    (police/taxi/doctor) llamar
    he was called to her office lo llamaron para que fuera a su oficina
    • to call a strike/meeting llamar a / convocar una huelga/reunión
  • 3

    (contact by telephone, radio)
    I'll call you tomorrow te llamo / te llamaré mañana
    • for more information call us on / at 341-6920 para más información llame / llámenos al (teléfono) 341-6920
    • call me on my cell phone llámame al celular
  • 4

    (name, describe as)
    we call her Betty la llamamos Betty
    • what are you going to call the baby? ¿qué nombre le van a poner al bebé?
    • what is this called in Italian? ¿cómo se llama esto en italiano?
    • to call sb names insultar a algn
    • are you calling me a liar? ¿me estás llamando mentiroso?
    • he calls himself an artist, but … se dice / se considera un artista pero …
    • what sort of time do you call this? ¿éstas son horas de llegar?
    • she can hardly be called beautiful no puede decirse que sea bonita
    • how could you call yourself her friend? ¿cómo puedes decir que eres amiga suya?
    • I didn't have anything I could call my own no tenía nada que de verdad fuera mío
    • I don't call that difficult yo no diría que es difícil
    • I call that a waste of time eso es lo que yo llamo una pérdida de tiempo
    • shall we call it $30? digamos / pongamos que treinta dólares
    • One of my favourite games is called Hangman.
    • What worked best for us was a book called Choosing Colours by Kevin McCloud, of Grand Designs fame.
    • The French system combining sports and studies is called "sport etude."
    • Perhaps the most well known type of Venezuelan music is a rhythm called the joropo.
    • The most common allergen in soy is called trypsin inhibitor.
    • The criteria that SRI funds use to make socially responsible investments are called screens.
    • Grant aided, or publicly funded, housing used to be called council housing.
    • This method is called the shareholder value approach.
    • "No," said Sally, "she's called Vicky."
    • Nowadays, little would be thought of such a situation, but in the 1940's, "living in sin" as it was called, was looked on askance.
    • In the mid-1700s, when it was first recognized in sheep, the disease was called scrapie, because suffering animals tended to rub their skins raw.
    • It was not until 1978 that individuals in the United States started showing signs of what would later be called AIDS.
    • Performance poetry of this kind is called dub poetry.
    • I did write an article for the Pleasantville High School newspaper, which I think was called The Panther.
    • The other piece of equipment is a device called a hydrometer, which measures alcoholic strength.
    • The two gentlemen of Verona are best friends called Valentine and Proteus.
    • His last book was called, "The Death of Outrage."
    • There is an extremely popular family restaurant in Bandra called Papa Pancho.
    • This game is called "Mighty No.9".
    • One hasn't bothered to learn my name and just calls me ‘Rooney’.
    • One of my co-workers still calls me the wrong name almost every time he sees me.
    • She and Dennis had talked around the checkout counter and she'd gotten Dennis's last name wrong, calling him Lewis, and it stuck for some reason.
    • She continues, calling me by my first name again… ‘I have a favour to ask you, but am not sure how you will react.’
    • It is a good idea to call people by names they recognise and find acceptable.
    • He developed an adorable habit of calling me by my name in every sentence, which was somehow madly endearing.
    • I have no idea what his Christian name was and he called me Master Charles.
    • Though Rebekah is my name, everybody calls me Bekah.
    • He almost never calls me by my name, and when he does it's Nicolas.
    • The name he calls me is actually not that different from my own.
    • Well, my name is Katrina Chestler, but everyone calls me Katie.
    • She calls him brother and chastises him for speaking so sternly to her.
    • I never wanted to have that prefix attached to my name and have everyone calling me Sir Edward, so I went to university and became a professor.
    • It immediately caught my attention that she had called my mother by her maiden name.
    • What would Kris think if he'd heard her calling him that?
    • The chancellor of the exchequer calls the prime minister a liar.
    • Let's analyze the stupidity of your comment to Jack below, where you called him a loser.
    • I heard one girl called her a 'tomboy'.
    • The reporter called her a "good-looking, smart, gin-drinking suburbanite."
    • Daisy, as we called the goat, would hate to be separated from her lambs and it was woe betide any dog that came near them.
    • The winning name was provided by John from New Norfolk who suggested calling the bird ‘Reggie’.
    • They called the baby Joseph Patrick and he was christened in the Holy Family Church.
    • The angel who appeared to both Mary and Joseph told them to call their son Jesus.
    • After being stunned by the spring flowers she saw in the park while she was pregnant, she decided to call her daughter Bluebell.
    • Morel gives birth to their third child, whom she calls Paul.
    • When my husband and I were first married we had a cat we called Wanda.
  • 5

    • 5.1(in poker)

      (bet/player) ver

    • 5.2(in bridge)


intransitive verb

  • 1

    (person) llamar
    to call to sb
    the dog comes when I call el perro viene cuando (lo) llamo
  • 2

    (by telephone, radio)
    who's calling, please? ¿de parte de quién, por favor?
    • Madrid calling aquí Madrid
  • 3

    thanks for calling gracias por venir
    • he called while I was out vino / pasó cuando yo no estaba
    • please call again gracias por su visita
    • Indeed, Ray called around to us for a visit the Sunday before the dinner dance in Sligo.
    • You can call in at our home - you can phone first if you want an appointment.
    • And if you like, you can call in at the office on a Friday evening to hand in your timesheet, and you get a beer and some crisps.
    • It is not clear if they are worried about the prospect of some of their friends calling in for a visit.
    • Mom had often complained that nobody was calling in at Grandma's house much and would ask me to make an extra visit.
    • Neighbours called to visit her on a regular basis and she enjoyed their company.
    • I have people calling in every day at my hospital room, asking what is going on.
    • The woman let them in, but luckily a male friend called in and distracted the men and they fled empty handed.
    • Then we will be told that one of their people will call to see us, and if there are any days or times that we are not at home or unavailable.
    • When his friends call at the house, she says he is sleeping, or in the bathroom, or cannot be disturbed.
    • A woman with the boy called upon at least six houses in Watson Close at about 5.30 pm on Saturday.
    • So my Dad calls in after a trip to visit Aunty Wilma, who's recovering from a stroke.
    • I obviously couldn't wait for another week, so my daughter called in at the local shop to buy some, after school.
    • On the way home we called in at the bird centre.
    • When he arrived in Settle, he called at the police station and told officers what had happened.
    • Firefighters are urging people interested in their plight to call at the station and express an interest.
    • He rang her constantly, called round unexpectedly and even entered the house uninvited.
    • An inspector called round and was shown through the house to the garden where there was a garden area with a shed.
    • His old schoolmaster called by and launched into an analysis of American politics.
    • At one point, Karen's neighbour calls by to complain that work on the beach is "bringing all sorts to the area".
  • 4

    • 4.1(in poker)


    • 4.2(in bridge)


There are 2 main translations of CALL in Spanish

: call1CALL2



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