15 Phrasal Verbs with CALL: call up, call out, call around …


phrasal verbs with call

1. Call after
To give a child the same name as someone else, especially a family member

  • We have called him Benjamin after his father.

2. Call around / Call round
To go to someone’s house to visit them

  • I called around yesterday but you weren’t there.

3. Call away
To ask someone to go somewhere else

  • I am afraid the doctor was called away on an emergency earlier today, but he should be back soon.

4. Call back
To return a phone call or to phone someone again

  • He’s on another call at the moment, but I will get him to call you back.

To return to a place

  • She said I could call back later today to collect the laundry.

To be asked to return for a second interview or a second audition

  • They are only going to call back 4 people out of the 80 people who went for the first interview.

5. Call for
Publicly demand that something be done

  • The protesters were calling for the resignation of the president.

To require or make necessary

  • John got the job! This news calls for a celebration!

To go somewhere to pick someone or something up

  • I will call for you around seven – try to be ready on time!

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6. Call forth
To elicit a reaction

  • Bernard insulted his wife’s mother, which called forth an angry response from her.

7. Call in
To phone

  • The radio station’s listeners have been calling in all morning with answers to the quiz.

To visit someone

  • Can you call in on your grandmother on your way home and make sure she is alright?

To ask a person, especially an expert, to come to do something

  • We had to call in fumigators to deal with the mice and cockroaches.

To ask someone to enter a room

  • My boss called me in to his office yesterday morning to give me a warning because I came to work late three times this week.

8. Call off
To cancel an organised event

  • Sandra called off the wedding at the very last minute!

To stop doing an activity

  • We had to call off the search when it became too dark to continue.

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9. Call on
To visit someone

  • I am going to call on my mother on the way home from work.

To demand or request that someone do something

  • The supporters of the opposition called on the government to call a new election.

To use a quality, usually something that requires a great effort, in order to achieve something

  • I had to call on all my strength to finish the marathon.

Have recourse to

  • We may need to call on experts in the field for their opinion on the matter.

To ask for an answer or response

  • The teacher always calls on me for the answer – it’s not fair!

10. Call up
To phone somebody

  • I will call up everyone we’d invited and tell them that we have called off the party.

Select someone to play on a team

  • He was called up to play for Spain in the World Cup.

To summon for military service, especially during a war

  • When the war broke out, he was terrified that he would be called up.

To make you remember or recall something

  • Seeing her again called up all those old memories.

To make information in a computer appear on screen

  • This icon will call up the menu.

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11. Call out
Order or request help from someone

  • They called out the fire services when they saw the flames.

12. Call round
To visit someone

  • Thank you for calling round, I really appreciate it.

13. Call at
Stop at a harbour, port or station

  • This train will be calling at every station on the way to London.

14. Call by
To visit somewhere briefly whilst on your way to somewhere else.

  • I thought it my might be nice to call by Aunt Betty’s house on our way to Bristol.

15. Call down
To find fault with; reprimand

  • My professor is a perfectionist and always calls me down for such minor errors!

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