A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

call after

  • Give a child the same name as someone else.
    “His name is Charles. He’s called after his grandfather.”

call at

  • Stop at a place briefly (harbour, port, station…)
    “The train calls at Newbridge and Glenville on the way to the capital.”

call back

  • Return a phone call.
    “I’ll call you back as soon as possible.”

call for

  • Go somewhere to get someone.
    “I’ll call for you at 8 o’clock. Make sure you’re ready!”
  • Demand that something be done.
    “The opposition has called for an investigation into the misuse of public funds.”
  • Be required or necessary.
    “The job calls for excellent computer skills.”
  • Be an appropriate occasion for something.
    “The happy announcement calls for champagne.”

call forth

  • Produce a reaction or result; evoke.
    “The politician’s statement called forth a hostile reaction from the crowd.”
    “That song calls forth sad memories.”

call in

  • Make a telephone call to a place.
    “Caroline called in to say that her plane had been delayed and that she would arrive late.”
  • Ask someone to come and do a job.
    “The dishwasher has stopped working. I don’t know whether to call in an electrician or a plumber.”

call in (on)

  • Stop and pay a visit to someone.
    “I’m going to call in on my parents on my way home from work this evening.”

call off

  • Cancel.
    “The meeting was called off because of the strike.”

call on/upon

  • Formally request or invite.
    “I now call upon the President to address the assembly.”

call out

  • Shout something.
    “The  child disappeared from the playground. His mother called out his name but he didn’t answer.”

call round

  • Go to a place to see someone.
    “The nurse said she would call round this afternoon to check on my mother.”

call up

  • Phone someone.
    “The secretary called up all the area managers to arrange a meeting.”
  • Summon someone for military service.
    “My father was called up to active duty as soon as the war broke out.”

calm down

  • Become more relaxed or less angry/upset.
    “He was angry at first, but he eventually calmed down.”

carry on

  • Continue.
    “Charlie carried on gardening in spite of the rain.”

carry out

  • Do something as specified (plan, order, threat…)
    “The plan was carried out to perfection.”
  • Perform or conduct (test, experiment …)
    “Tests are carried out to determine the efficiency of a new drug.”

carry over

  • Postpone until later.
    “As regards holidays, can we carry over days from one year to the next?”

catch up on

  • Acquire information you have missed.
    “I must call my mother to catch up on the latest family events.”

catch up with

  • Reach the same stage as someone else.
    “I’ve missed some classes so I’ll have to work hard to catch up with the others.”

check in

  • Register at a hotel or an airport.
    “For security reasons, you have to check in two hours before your flight.”

check out

  • Pay one’s bill and leave (a hotel)
    “Is Mr. Brown still at the hotel? No, he checked out this morning.
  • Investigate or verify something.
    “I don’t know if the address is still valid. I’ll check it out. 

cheer up

  • Put someone in a better mood.
    “I told her a joke to try and cheer her up.

chip in

  • Contribute to or participate in something done by a group.
    “Bob has decided to retire and we’re going to buy him a present. Do you want to chip in? “

clam up

  • Refuse to speak.
    “When the police arrived, the boy clammed up.”

clamp down on

  • Act strictly to prevent something.
    “The government decided to clamp down on smoking in public areas. “

clear out

  • Tidy a place by removing or throwing away things (e.g. drawer/room).
    “She decided to clear out her children’s old clothes.”

close down

  • Stop operating (company, restaurant, cinema …)
    “When the factory closed down, the employees lost their jobs.”

come about

  • Happen or occur.
    “How did such a complicated situation come about?”

come across

  • Find by chance, encounter.
    “Julie came across some photographs of her grandparents in the attic.”
  • Appear, seem, make an impression.
    “The candidate came across as a dynamic person during the interview.”

come along

  • Go somewhere with someone.
    “I wanted to watch the parade and Alex decided to come along with me.”
  • Tell someone to hurry.
    Come along Emily. You don’t want to be late for school!”
  • Arrive, appear.
    “Tony needs a job. If an opportunity comes along he’s determined to seize it.”
  • Improve, develop or make progress.
    “How’s your mother coming along since she broke her leg?”

come apart

  • Separate into pieces.
    “I need to get my glasses repaired. They came apart when they fell off the table.”

come before

  • Be more important.
    “She always says that her family comes before her career.”

come by

  • To get, especially something that is difficult to obtain or find.
    “How did you come by such a beautiful location to build your house?”

come down with

  • Become ill with.
    “The architect planned to attend the inauguration but unfortunately he came down with the flu yesterday.”

come forward

  • Present oneself; volunteer.
    “The police have asked any witnesses to come forward. 

come out

  • Become known.
    “The truth will come out sooner or later. It’s just a matter of time.”

come to

  • Regain consciousness.
    “She fainted when the news was announced but she came to quite quickly.”

come to

  • Reach a total amount.
    “Let’s see… two coffees and two orange juices, that comes to £7 please.”

come up against

  • Be faced with or opposed by.
    “The plan to demolish the old theatre came up against a lot of criticism.”

come up with

  • Produce an idea or plan.
    “Sacha came up with a great idea for the party.”

come upon

  • Find or discover.
    “The police came upon a stock of firearms in a disused mine.”

conk out

  • Stop working.
    “The car conked out on the motorway.”
  • Fall asleep (from exhaustion).
    “He was so exhausted, he conked out in front of the television. “