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call back

1. To call (someone or some place) on the telephone again, usually after failing to reach the desired person the first time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." I didn't get an answer, so I'll trying calling back tomorrow. I have to call the passport office back in about an hour because everyone was out to lunch.
2. To return someone's or some organization's telephone call. A noun or pronoun is be used between "call" and "back." I saw I missed a call from my mother, so I need to call her back once we're finished eating. We are unable to answer the telephone right now, so please leave a message with your name and number, and we will call you back as soon as possible.
3. To instruct someone to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "call" and "back." As I walked to my car, my mom called me back to retrieve a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
4. To recall a defective item. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we have no choice but to call it 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 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 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 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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For administrative jobs, older female applicants had a callback rate of 7.6 percent versus 14.4 percent for young applicants.
The queue time was more than 30 minutes, so I chose a callback option.
Due to the impending holidays, its call wait times were long and she too agreed to receive a callback. She had no speech recognition barriers; she was quite happy with the offered callback service and had full confidence it would work.
The software offers customers options, such as waiting on hold if a representative will be with them shortly or requesting a callback if the wait will be longer.
It's important to understand how callback will impact your contact center's key performance indicators (such as agent handle time and service level) and to figure out what new KPIs (such as callback hold time, callback punctuality, and reconnect rate) you should start tracking following a callback implementation.
That includes, for example, the ability to determine when the wait time for a particular caller exceeds the amount of time left in the day and offer to schedule a callback during normal business hours the following day.
I hate making people travel all the way in for a callback if we're only going to read four minutes of sides with them."
Alternatively, they would simply use their TV remote control to request a callback through their internet connected set-top box.
I have phoned Etisalat daily for advice and no one has called back, even though they gave me a callback reference number as well as a complaint number.
There is no guaranteed way to earn a callback. Sometimes, the director is looking for a different type, or luck favors someone else.
Mike Zito, general manager for DiGiorgi Roofing & Siding, Seymour, Conn., says there are three main reasons his company gets a callback. (They are, he points out, "generally unrelated to our work.") Ice damming tops the list.
Then my agent called me to go pick up sides and music for a callback and I set about working up the material.
Customers are empowered to request a callback as soon as possible or to schedule a callback for a more convenient time.
VHT Callback, which calculates and quotes the expected wait time and gives callers the option to receive a callback.