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Java Program to pass method call as arguments to another method

In this example, we will learn to call methods from the argument of another methods in Java.

To understand this example, you should have the knowledge of the following Java programming topics:

We can't directly pass the whole method as an argument to another method. Instead, we can call the method from the argument of another method.

// pass method2 as argument to method1
public void method1(method2());

Here, the returned value from method2() is assigned as an argument to method1().

If we need to pass the actual method as an argument, we use the lambda expression. To learn more, visit Passing Lambda Expression as method argument in Java.

Example: Java Program to Pass Method as Argument

class Main {

  // calculate the sum
  public int add(int a, int b) {

    // calculate sum
    int sum = a + b;
    return sum;

  // calculate the square
  public void square(int num) {
    int result = num * num;
    System.out.println(result);    // prints 576
  public static void main(String[] args) {

    Main obj = new Main();

    // call the square() method
    // passing add() as an argument
    obj.square(obj.add(15, 9));


In the above example, we have created two methods named square() and add(). Notice the line,

obj.square(obj.add(15, 9));

Here, we are calling the add() method as the argument of the square() method. Hence, the returned value from add() is passed as argument to square().