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
    meaning – visit someone/somewhere briefly
    example – I’ll call round later and drop off the costume you lent me at the weekend.
  • call away
    meaning – ask someone to go to a different place
    example -The mother called her child away from the tiger enclosure.
  • call back/call back in
    meaning – return a phone call, return to a place
    example – I fed Tim’s cats this morning. I’ll call back in tonight and check on them.
  • call for
    meaning – a public statement something is needed, collect someone from their house
    example – I’ll come and call for you at 8 am tomorrow, we can walk down together.
  • call inmeaning – phone into a tv or radio show, visit someone
    example – I’ll call in on my way home and give you the money I owe you.
  • call on
    meaning – visit someone briefly, request someone do something
    example – I’ll call on nan on the way home to see if she’s feeling any better.
  • call out/call someone out
    meaning – say something loudly, challenge someone to a fight, request a service
    example – Put your hand up if you know the answer, don’t call out.
  • call off
    meaning – cancel an event
    example – I think we’ll have to call off the match, we don’t have nearly enough players.
  • call up
    meaning – phone someone, select someone for a team or do a particular job (or call upon)
    example – I’ll call up the lost property department and see if my scarf was handed in.

picture phrasal verbs with call

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.

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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