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call forth

1. To instruct or signal someone to step forward or come to the front of a group. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "forth." Counselor, you may call forth your first witness. Do not step forward until they call you forth.
2. To induce a certain reaction, emotion, or behavior. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "forth." Lots of people tear up at the art museum. Beautiful artwork is known to call very strong emotions forth. The catastrophe called forth great bravery from the victims and emergency responders alike.
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call someone forth

to call to someone to come out or come forward. The principal called Wally forth. Please call forth Wally again.
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call something forth

[for an event] to draw a particular quality or induce a particular behavior. The battle called extraordinary courage forth from the soldiers. It called forth great courage.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

call forth

v.
1. To summon someone to come forward; beckon someone: The judge called me forth and asked me to tell what happened at the crime scene. The coach called forth the winners and presented them with a trophy.
2. To evoke or elicit some result or reaction: The love song called forth sad memories. I held back my tears through most of the story, but the tragic ending called them forth.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Tender roots were folded in withered leaves, that no chilling drops might reach them; and safely dreamed the flowers, till summer winds should call them forth; while lighter grew each Fairy heart, as every gentle deed was tenderly performed.
A slumbering band of knights may be the only hope against a rising evil--but the Weirdstone that can call them forth has vanished.
Because the orator's task was not so much to express feelings as to call them forth in others, this ideal set in motion (but also contained) a series of conflicts--between the natural and the theatrical, self-control and self-revelation, particularity and representativeness, and imitation and originality.
They offer commentary on the ritual events that call them forth. At the same time, they are also the creation of specific social contexts.
Typesetting and design excellence may indeed be at our fingertips, but how many of our fingertips are trained to call them forth?