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12 English Phrasal Verbs With 'CALL'

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12 phrasal verbs with 'CALL'

Call after

  1. Name someone after somebody else
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: She was CALLED Rose AFTER her late grandmother.

Call around

  1. Visit
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: I CALLED AROUND but she wasn't in.

Call at

  1. Enter a harbour or port
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: The cruise ship CALLED AT Malta.

Call back

  1. Return a phonecall
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: I must CALL her BACK when we get to the office.

Call for

  1. Demand
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: The Opposition party CALLED FOR the minister's resignation after the scandal broke.
  2. Go to collect something
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: The courier CALLED FOR your parcel, but I told him it wasn't ready yet.
  3. Telephone for something
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I'll CALL FOR a cab right away.
  4. Go and collect someone to take them out
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I'll CALL FOR you at seven, so be ready because the film starts at half past.
  5. Require
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: An emergency like this CALLS FOR some pretty drastic action.

Call forth

  1. Make something happen
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The protests CALLED FORTH a strong reaction from the police.

Call in

  1. Get someone to come and do a job
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: We had to CALL IN a plumber because the sink was leaking and I had no idea how to fix it.
  2. Stop and visit
    (Inseparable | British English)
    » 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

  1. Cancel
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The concert had to be CALLED OFF because the singer went down with a bad case of flu.
  2. Order someone to stop attacking
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: CALL OFF your lawyers; we can work something out.

Call on

  1. Ask for help
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: The President CALLED ON the wealthy countries for financial aid after the floods destroyed much of the country's agriculture.
  2. Visit
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: As we were in the area, we CALLED ON my sister-in-law.
  3. Challenge
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: He CALLED the speaker ON several mis-statements of fact.
  4. Ask someone to do something, especially to speak in public. (Formal)
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I now CALL ON the other party to give their account of what happened.

Call out

  1. Expose or accuse someone of wrongdoing or incompetence
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: He CALLED them OUT over awarding contracts to family members.

Call round

  1. Visit
    (Intransitive | International English)
    » Example: I CALLED ROUND on my way home but no one was in.

Call up

  1. Summon someone for military service
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The army CALLED UP the reserve soldiers when the war broke out.
  2. Telephone
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: I CALLED him UP as soon as I got to a phone to tell him the news.

Take our Exercise on 'CALL'

Quiz for Verb: 'To CALL'

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