What does ‘call’ mean?

The word ‘call’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to shout or contact by phone.

For example:

  • I’ve been calling your name for ages; didn’t you hear me? (shout)
  • I called Liam but he didn’t answer. (contact by phone)

Call is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is called.

phrasal verbs with call

Phrasal verbs with ‘call’ include:

  • Call around/over/round (visit)
  • Call away (be asked to leave)
  • Call back/call back in (return a phone call, return to a place)
  • Call for (make necessary, collect someone)
  • Call in (telephone, visit)
  • Call on (visit, ask someone to do something)
  • Call out/call someone out (say loudly, challenge to a fight, request a service)
  • Call off (cancel)
  • Call up (telephone, select a person)
phrasal verbs with call

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘call’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with call - call around/over/round
phrasal verbs with call - call away
phrasal verbs with call - call back/call back in
phrasal verbs with call - call for
phrasal verbs with call - call in
phrasal verbs with call - call off
phrasal verbs with call - call on
phrasal verbs with call - call out/call someone out
phrasal verbs with call - call up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with call below.

idioms with verbs – CALL

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with call, how about learning the idioms with call too?

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