To continue our series on phrasal or compound verbs, we’ve singled out some that begin with the letter C. The focus here is just on two verbs: “call” and “come”. There are many!
To stop at
Example: The train from Lausanne calls at Nyon before arriving in Geneva.
To cause to leave or go; to summon
Example: The doctor was called away from dinner to treat the accident victims.
Example: That performance calls for a round of applause!
To request or demand
Example: The commuters called for cheaper fares.
To summon or pick up
Example: The chauffeur called for the couple at midday.
To predict or describe
Example: The financial forecast calls for rocky times ahead.
To report back
Example: You should call in regularly so we know where you are.
Example: They called in five experts to assess the damage.
To participate via telephone
Example: The woman called in to the radio station to play the guessing game.
To require payment
Example: The bank called in loans to address financial concerns.
Example: The picnic was called off because of the rain.
To [verbally] confirm attendance
Example: They called off, one by one, before going on the mission.
Example: We plan to call on the queen – that is, we’ll try!
Example: The candidate called on the reporter in the last row to avoid hearing the question.
To demand action
Example: To meet the public trend towards multitasking, they called on the company to produce more Post-it notes.
To announce or speak
Example: Call out the first word that comes to mind when I say, “weekend”.
Example: He called her out on her extreme views.
[be] called to
To have an urge or vocation
Example: She was called to serving in the Red Cross.
To phone someone
Example: I called him up to see if he found my car keys.
To induct or summon
Example: Five hundred reservists were called up to man posts along the border.
To select someone to play on a team
Example: The promising player was called up for the international match against France.
Example: The event you were waiting for has come about.
To find unexpectedly
Example: While reading the book, I came across a photo of my hometown.
Example: He finally came across with the details.
To arrive or to appear
Example: Just when you give up waiting, a cab comes along!
To make progress or improve
Example: How are your piano lessons coming along?
To go with
Example: Although he wasn’t invited, he came along to the party with us.
To separate from or detach
Example: The wheel came off my car just as I pulled into the garage.
To succeed or produce the desired result
Example: We wondered if her message would come off or be totally misunderstood.
To resemble or appear to be
Example: That comes off as being arrogant.
To make progress or improve
Example: Peter’s book is coming on well.
To start working
Example: The lights mysteriously came on when the door opened.
To begin a broadcast
Example: “Downton Abbey” comes on in 10 minutes!
Example: They finally came out in favour of building the skyscraper.
To assert one’s homosexuality
He came out after years of saying nothing.
To appear (be published)
Example: The new issue of the magazine came out last week.
Example: From our discussion, it came out that we disagreed on every point.
Example: He came through the crash without a scratch.
To succeed, do what’s expected
Example: They came through in the end to win the game!
To regain consciousness
Example: When Oliver came to, his dog began to lick his face.
To add up to
Example: Your total cost for my time comes to 55 euros.
To recognize or appear
Example: That idea came to me while I was showering.
To walk up to
Example: I did not know him but he came up to me to shake my hand.
To approach or draw near
Example: The festival is coming up; don’t forget to make your costume.
To occur or present itself
Example: The slot machine came up all watermelons – she won the jackpot!
To travel to
Example: Come up to the ranch for the weekend.
To be mentioned
Example: Her name came up in the discussion.