Phrasal Verbs with 'Call'

Call after

Name someone after somebody else

Example: She was CALLED Rose AFTER her late grandmother.

Call around


Example: I CALLED AROUND but she wasn't in.

Call at

Enter a harbour or port

Example: The cruise ship CALLED AT Malta.

Call back

Return a phonecall

Example: I must CALL her BACK when we get to the office.

Call for


Example: The Opposition party CALLED FOR the minister's resignation after the scandal broke.

Call for

Go to collect something

Example: The courier CALLED FOR your parcel, but I told him it wasn't ready yet.

Call for

Telephone for something

Example: I'll CALL FOR a cab right away.

Call for

Go and collect someone to take them out

Example: I'll CALL FOR you at seven, so be ready because the film starts at half past.

Call for


Example: An emergency like this CALLS FOR some pretty drastic action.

Call forth

Make something happen

Example: The protests CALLED FORTH a strong reaction from the police.

Call in

Get someone to come and do a job

Example: We had to CALL IN a plumber because the sink was leaking and I had no idea how to fix it.

Call in

Stop and visit

Example: I CALLED IN on Jenny on my way home because she's not very well at the moment and I wanted to see if she needed anything.

Call off


Example: The concert had to be CALLED OFF because the singer went down with a bad case of flu.

Call off

Order someone to stop attacking

Example: CALL OFF your lawyers; we can work something out.

Call on

Ask for help

Example: The President CALLED ON the wealthy countries for financial aid after the floods destroyed much of the country's agriculture.

Call on


Example: As we were in the area, we CALLED ON my sister-in-law.

Call on


Example: He CALLED the speaker ON several mis-statements of fact.

Call on

Ask someone to do something, especially to speak in public. (Formal)

Example: I now CALL ON the other party to give their account of what happened.

Call out

Expose or accuse someone of wrongdoing or incompetence

Example: He CALLED them OUT over awarding contracts to family members.

Call round


Example: I CALLED ROUND on my way home but no one was in.

Call up

Summon someone for military service

Example: The army CALLED UP the reserve soldiers when the war broke out.

Call up


Example: I CALLED him UP as soon as I got to a phone to tell him the news.