Meaning: Name someone after somebody else
Example: I called after him three or four times.
Example: If you call around 8:30, you might catch Shirley.
Meaning: Enter a harbour or port
Example: I got a call at quarter of seven one night.
Meaning: Return a phonecall
Example: Can you call back tomorrow?
Example: A call for a vote of no-confidence in the president was rejected.
Meaning: Go to collect something
Example: A call for 100 bottles of blood was answered promptly.
Meaning: Telephone for something
Example: There’s a telephone call for you, Mr Baron.
Meaning: Make something happen
Example: The proposed shopping centre has called forth an angry response from local residents.
Meaning: Get someone to come and do a job
Example: call in at the supermarket for me.
Example: The teacher began to call off the names on his list.
Meaning: Order someone to stop attacking
Example: Greenpeace refused to call off the event.
Meaning: Ask for help
Example: The foreign guests will call on you next Wednesday afternoon.
Meaning: Expose or accuse someone of wrongdoing or incompetence
Example: Trouble can call out a person’s best qualities.
Example: I always keep a bottle of wine by in case friends call round.
Meaning: Summon someone for military service
Example: They will call up the reserves.
Example: OK, I’ll call up again later.