- Give a child the same name as someone else.
“His name is Charles. He’s called after his grandfather.”
- Stop at a place briefly (harbour, port, station…)
“The train calls at Newbridge and Glenville on the way to the capital.”
- Return a phone call.
“I’ll call you back as soon as possible.”
- 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.”
- Produce a reaction or result; evoke.
“The politician’s statement called forth a hostile reaction from the crowd.”
“That song calls forth sad memories.”
- 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.”
“The meeting was called off because of the strike.”
- Formally request or invite.
“I now call upon the President to address the assembly.”
- Shout something.
“The child disappeared from the playground. His mother called out his name but he didn’t answer.”
- Go to a place to see someone.
“The nurse said she would call round this afternoon to check on my mother.”
- 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.”
- Become more relaxed or less angry/upset.
“He was angry at first, but he eventually calmed down.”
“Charlie carried on gardening in spite of the rain.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- Register at a hotel or an airport.
“For security reasons, you have to check in two hours before your flight.”
- 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. “
- Put someone in a better mood.
“I told her a joke to try and cheer her up.
- 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? “
- 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. “
- Tidy a place by removing or throwing away things (e.g. drawer/room).
“She decided to clear out her children’s old clothes.”
- Stop operating (company, restaurant, cinema …)
“When the factory closed down, the employees lost their jobs.”
- Happen or occur.
“How did such a complicated situation come about?”
- 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.”
- 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?”
- Separate into pieces.
“I need to get my glasses repaired. They came apart when they fell off the table.”
- Be more important.
“She always says that her family comes before her career.”
- 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.”
- Present oneself; volunteer.
“The police have asked any witnesses to come forward. “
- Become known.
“The truth will come out sooner or later. It’s just a matter of time.”
- Regain consciousness.
“She fainted when the news was announced but she came to quite quickly.”
- 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.”
- Find or discover.
“The police came upon a stock of firearms in a disused mine.”
- 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. “