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call back

 
1. to call [someone] again on the telephone at a later time. Call back later, please. I will call back when you are not so busy.
2. to return a telephone call received earlier. The note says I am to call back. What did you want? This is Bill Wilson calling back.
See also: back, call

call someone back

 
1. to call someone again on the telephone. Since she is not there, I will call her back in half an hour. Carl called back Mary after his meeting was over.
2. to return a telephone call to a person who had called earlier. I got his message; I will call him back tomorrow. I have to call back my friend now.
3. Go to call someone or something back.
See also: back, call

call someone or something back

to call out that someone or something should come back. As she left, the clerk called her back. The clerk called back the customer.
See also: back, call

call back

1. Ask someone to return; also, ask that something be returned, as in He passed the first audition and was waiting to be called back, or These screws are defective; the manufacturer has called them back. [Late 1500s]
2. call someone back. Telephone someone in return, as in May I call you back next week? [Early 1900s]
See also: back, call

call back

v.
1. To contact, or attempt to contact, someone who has called previously, especially by telephone: When I got home from work, I called back my mother, who had left a message on my answering machine. I left a message asking the manager to call me back as soon as possible. I'll call back tonight when your parents are home.
2. To summon someone back to a previous situation or location: Just as I started walking away, the teacher called me back. The workers who were laid off are hoping that management will call them back as soon as the economy improves.
3. To recall something defective for repair: The company has called back all models of this car built in 2002. After discovering that the toy was unsafe for small children, the company was forced to call it back.
See also: back, call
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Public response to our marketing programs has increased attendance and we are now able to hire new employees and call back some who were laid off earlier this year.
If the showroom is closed, the caller will be given the telephone number and asked to call back during regular business hours.
The caller can listen to one segment, choose to continue a call with additional segments, or call back another time.
If the right party is not available, the Virtual Agent can either transfer the call to a live agent for additional questions, or schedule and facilitate a call back.
Americans living or traveling outside the United States will now be able to place and pay for calls made to another country as easily as they do when they call back to the States.
A replay will be available through June 19, 2005 by dialing 888-286-8010 (international calls 617-801-6888) and entering call back code 80166026.
Call Back enables a person on hold to drop-off the call yet hold their place in queue.
E911 service provides call back numbers quickly and more accurately than a standard emergency call during an emergency situation.
From a post-sales perspective Internetwork Experts will provide First and Second Level support, meaning being able to address Cisco product and misconfiguration-types of problems, as well as one-hour call back during normal business hours and 24-hour call back on after-hour calls.
Of those with reportable issues, 80 percent were unclear about their follow-up appointments, 10 percent had questions about medication which required a call back from a nurse or physician, seven percent were experiencing symptoms requiring a call back from a nurse or physician and two percent had problems with home health services.