Is there a word that can be said instead of saying:

"I said your name to get your attention"?

For example:

Q: "where's our friend?"

A: "He's over there I'll say his name to get his attention (so that he'll come to where I am)"

not by making a phone call

  • Are you talking about getting someone's attention in a public place (rather than calling to them in a room)? There's an expression 'to page someone' for when an announcement is made such as 'Can Mr X. please come to the information desk". Jan 10, 2021 at 15:57
  • but I'm taking about doing that to a friend in a public place so that he'll come to where I am.
    – coolguy
    Jan 10, 2021 at 16:03
  • Well, it's assumed that you are waiting for them at the desk! Jan 10, 2021 at 17:12

1 Answer 1


to call someone means to ask someone to come to you

If you can call someone, you ask them to come to you because you need them. You can call them over (it just stresses that they have to cover some distance to get to your location).

Wait a minute, I will call him over.

Let's call him over... JAAAAMES!!

If there is an emergency and you need them urgently, you can call them out.

We had to call out a doctor.

  • isn't call only used when I'm on the phone? What can I say if for example I want to get their attenction by saying their name when they are in a public park and not by making a phone call
    – coolguy
    Jan 10, 2021 at 16:10
  • @coolguy yes, to call can mean to phone, but it's not the main meaning of the word. Have a look here collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/call Jan 10, 2021 at 16:14
  • thanks,I asked this question because couldn't find it on the cambrige dictionary
    – coolguy
    Jan 10, 2021 at 16:16
  • @coolguy dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/call scroll down a bit until you find "She called me over to where she was sitting." Jan 10, 2021 at 16:18

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