Phrasal verbs with call
The word call is used in a large number of phrasal verbs. Here is a list of them.
To call at a place is to stop at that place briefly. This expression is mainly used in association with boats and ships.
- The ship will call at the port for a few hours.
Call down (separable)
To call down something or to call something down is to pray God to do something to someone. This expression is mainly used in a literary style.
- The old parents called down a blessing on their son. (= The old parents prayed that their son would be blessed.)
This phrasal verb has several meanings
To call for something is to demand that something should be done.
- The minister has called for an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the freelance journalist.
- You’ve been promoted! That calls for a big celebration. (= We should celebrate because you have received a promotion.)
- This job calls for excellent analytical skills. (= You must have excellent analytical skills to do this job.)
- Your rude behavior was not called for. (= Your rude behavior was not appropriate.)
To call for someone is to go to their place to get them.
- I will call for you at your house tomorrow.
To call forth something or to call something forth is to bring it into the mind.
- That song calls forth some strong feelings. (= That song evokes some strong feelings.)
To call in is to make a telephone call to a place.
- She called in sick and went to the movies with her boyfriend. (= She telephoned her office and said that she was sick.)
Call in on
To call in on somebody is to visit them.
- I called in on an old friend yesterday. (= I visited an old friend yesterday.)