call


call
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noun
1 on the telephone
ADJECTIVE
phone, telephone
long
quick, short

I'll just make a quick phone call.

local
international, long-distance
collect (esp. AmE)
incoming
outgoing
conference
business, follow-up, sales, telemarketing (esp. AmE)

We always make follow-up calls to ensure customer satisfaction.

personal

We're not supposed to make personal calls from work.

emergency, urgent

He received an urgent call and had to leave.

frantic

She made a frantic phone call to her mother.

anonymous, crank, hoax (esp. BrE), nuisance (esp. BrE), prank, unsolicited
missed

The screen display said ‘8 missed calls’.

wake-up

I ordered a wake-up call for 6.30 the next morning.

Last night's defeat should be a wake-up call for the team. (figurative)

VERB + CALL
give sb, make, place

Give us a call to say when you have arrived.

She placed an anonymous call to the Dutch Embassy in Dublin.

get, have, receive
answer, deal with, field, handle, take

I'll take the call upstairs.

He spent the whole day fielding calls from concerned parents.

return

I left a message but he didn't return my call.

expect

Could you get off the phone? I'm expecting a call.

miss

She was out and missed an important call.

end, finish

I ended the call as quickly as possible.

put through, transfer

Ask the receptionist to put your call through to my room.

intercept, monitor, screen, trace

The police managed to trace the call.

CALL + NOUN
box (BrE)
centre/center
PREPOSITION
call for

Were there any calls for me while I was out?

call from

You had a call from Fred.

call to

I made a call to a friend in London.

2 sound to attract attention
ADJECTIVE
loud
distinctive

the distinctive call of the cuckoo

alarm, distress
bird
clarion, rallying (both figurative)

This election is a clarion call for our country to face the challenges of the new era.

VERB + CALL
let out, make, sound

The mosque was sounding the call to prayer.

hear
PREPOSITION
call for

a call for help

call to

the morning call to prayer

3 short visit
ADJECTIVE
business, courtesy, sales, social
house

The doctor does not usually make house calls.

VERB + CALL
make, pay (sb)

The doctor has several calls to make this morning.

PREPOSITION
on a call

She's out on a call.

call on

When he went to Ethiopia, his first call was on the ambassador.

PHRASES
first port of call, last port of call, next port of call

Our first port of call (= the first place we went) was the bank.

4 request/demand
ADJECTIVE
renewed, repeated
last

This is the last call for PAM flight 199 to Salvador.

strike (BrE)
VERB + CALL
issue
renew, repeat

Campaigners have renewed their call for an independent inquiry.

answer, heed, respond to

It is unlikely that they will heed calls for a crackdown.

Around 10 000 workers heeded the union's strike call. (BrE)

ignore, reject, resist

The government has resisted the calls of the international community.

CALL + NOUN
button

He pushed the call button for the flight attendant.

PREPOSITION
call for

The charity issued a call for donations to assist victims of the earthquake.

PHRASES
a call to action

The book is a call to action.

a call to arms (= a strong request for people to fight in the army) (often figurative)

The president's speech was a call to arms to restore the vitality of the American dream.

5 (informal) decision
ADJECTIVE
tough
close
judgement/judgment
line, strike (both sports)
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verb
1 give a name to sb/sth
ADVERB
commonly, frequently

Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America.

formerly, originally

The area was formerly called West Meadow.

affectionately

His friends affectionately call him ‘Bear’.

just, simply

a character whom the writer calls simply ‘The Girl’

officially

The system is officially called the NPV System.

collectively

a range of very small organisms, collectively called nanoplankton

variously

a tree variously called ‘rowan’ and ‘mountain ash’

aptly, rightly
tentatively

He is writing a novel, tentatively called ‘My Future’.

euphemistically

soldiers killed by what is euphemistically called ‘friendly fire’

PREPOSITION
by

We usually call him by his nickname.

PHRASES
you could hardly call sth … , you would hardly call sth … 

You could hardly call the show perfect, but it was successful.

2 make sound to attract attention
ADVERB
softly
loudly
out

She called out in pain.

PREPOSITION
for

He called for help, but no one could hear.

to

a female penguin calling to her mate

3 telephone
ADVERB
back

I'll call back later.

Leave a message and I'll call you back.

ahead

You should call ahead to make sure that seats are available.

free (BrE), toll-free (AmE)

Call us free/toll-free on this number.

collect (AmE)
Call is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑critic, ↑duty, ↑judge, ↑prosecution, ↑viewer, ↑voice
Call is used with these nouns as the object: ↑assembly, ↑attention, ↑cab, ↑ceasefire, ↑conference, ↑congress, ↑coward, ↑desk, ↑doctor, ↑election, ↑elevator, fire brigade, ↑firefighter, ↑fool, ↑foul, ↑greeting, ↑halt, ↑head, ↑hotline, ↑idiot, ↑inspector, ↑liar, ↑meeting, ↑name, ↑news conference, ↑number, ↑office, ↑phone, ↑pitch, ↑play, ↑police, ↑policeman, ↑press conference, ↑realtor, ↑reception, ↑recess, ↑referendum, ↑register, ↑retreat, ↑roll, ↑servant, ↑session, ↑stoppage, ↑strike, ↑summit, ↑switchboard, ↑taxi, ↑toss, ↑traitor, ↑truce, ↑vet, ↑veterinarian, ↑waiter, waitress, ↑witness

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