call (the) roll

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call (the) roll

In a group setting, to call out each person's name from a list to see if they are present or absent. I haven't called roll yet, but it looks like a lot of kids are absent from school today. Suzy, please call the roll, I need to step out for a moment.
See also: call, roll

call (the) roll

 and take (the) roll
to call the names of people from a list of those enrolled, expecting them to reply if they are present. After I call the roll, please open your books to page 12. I will take roll, and then we will do arithmetic.
See also: call, roll
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Students remember him for his encyclopedic knowledge and his kindness--as well as for his ability to call the roll by memory at the first class of each term!
Today, hours after the bodies fell in Texas, the clerk will call the roll, and a lot more people will be watching."
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