There are 2 main translations of call in Spanish:

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call

American English: /kɔl/
British English: /kɔːl/

noun

  • 1 to make a call
    llamar por teléfono
    hacer una llamada (telefónica)
    to give somebody a call
    llamar a alguien (por teléfono)
    I'll take the call in the other room
    hablaré desde la otra habitación
    will you take the call?
    (talk to somebody)
    ¿le paso la llamada?
    (accept charges)
    ¿acepta la llamada?
    there's a call for you on line one
    lo llaman or tiene una llamada por la línea uno
    I have to return his call
    tengo que devolverle la llamada
    local/long-distance/international call
    llamada urbana/interurbana/internacional
    an 800 call
    (in US)
    una llamada gratuita
    Example sentences
    • The Department of Agriculture has received calls from consumers worried about whether they consumed some of the recalled beef.
    • My late afternoon siesta was interrupted by a call from Graham.
    • She works by herself on the floor and is constantly interrupted by calls on her mobile and fixed-line phones.
  • 2 2.1
    (— shout)
    a call for help
    una llamada ( or un grito etc) de socorro
    didn't you hear my call?
    ¿no oíste que te llamé?
    2.2
    (— of animal)
    (— of bird)
    Example sentences
    • The walk was barely under way when Julie heard the call of a white-eyed vireo, a little yellow and gray summer visitor.
    • The place resounded with the calls of birds as they settled down for the night, even as people walked into the tastefully decorated frontyard.
    • But he was unable to photograph them, or even record the birds' calls.
    2.3
    (of bugle, trumpet, horn)
    the call to retreat
    la retreta
    Example sentences
    • Toward the end of one song, David Johnson busted out a cavalry call on the trumpet.
    • Performing the poignant trumpet call is the 92-year-old's way of honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Queen and country.
    • The bugle call sounded at retreat was first used in the French Army and dates back to the crusades.
    Example sentences
    • Rescue workers moved in, picking over debris and listening for calls for help.
    • I heard her muffled call from the car.
    • My feet abruptly started walking faster after I heard Yori's call.
  • 3 3.1 (summons) See examples: to be on call the call of duty/to arms [literary]
    la llamada or (in Latin America also) el llamado del deber/a las armas
    his hospitality went far beyond the call of duty
    fue por demás hospitalario
    to answer o obey the call of nature [euphemistic]
    3.2 (Religion)the call to the priesthood
    la llamada or (in Latin America also) el llamado al sacerdocio
    to receive a call
    (in Presbyterian Church etc)
    ser nombrado pastor
    Example sentences
    • Peter, an idealistic young Yale graduate, worked as a journalist covering the war in Paris when he felt the call to serve.
    • His call to a culinary career began at a young age.
    • People say I could have gone professional because of my love for football but I believe that in life, each person has his call and vocation.
    3.3 (Theater)it's your call
    le toca salir a escena
    3.4
    Example sentences
    • Samantha felt the call of the ocean from her earliest days.
    • Even in an age of mobility, families do their best to gather as extended clans, drawn by the call of Christmas.
    • She accepted, but it was not long before the call of the great outdoors became irresistible once more.
  • 4 he made a call for peace
    hizo un llamamiento or (in Latin America also) llamado a la paz
    the strike call
    el llamamiento or (in Latin America also) el llamado a la huelga
    la convocatoria de huelga
    there were calls for his resignation
    pidieron su dimisión
    call for papers
    convocatoria (feminine) de ponencias
    Example sentences
    • Mr O'Farrell has acknowledged she acted badly but doesn't seem to be heeding the opposition's call to sack her.
    • If you are a researcher, you have many calls on your time.
    • Set out what money you have coming in on one side and your outgoings on the other (rent/mortgage, food, clothing, and any other calls on your income).
  • 5 (claim) See examples: there are too many calls on my time
    tengo demasiadas obligaciones
    muchas cosas reclaman mi atención
    to have first call on something
    tener prioridad sobre algo
  • 6 (usually with negative) 6.1 he had no call to be rude
    no tenía por qué ser grosero
    6.2 there's no o not much call for this product
    no hay mucha demanda para este producto
    Example sentences
    • Many superhero enthusiasts may have been disheartened by the Superman Returns version and there was not much call for a sequel.
    • The team is still under strength but there is some call for optimism.
    • There was little call for healthfood at the Olympic Village as the games came to an end.
  • 7 to pay a call on somebody
    hacerle una visita a alguien
    ir a ver a alguien
    house calls
    visitas (feminine plural) a domicilio
    to pay a call (British English) [euphemistic]
    ir al baño [euphemistic]
    Example sentences
    • As Vettel was making his first pit call on lap 14, the Finn was seen leaving the circuit.
    • The video shows the first port call of the world's largest ship in the port of Busan in South Korea.
    • I paid some calls to old friends in Manhattan.
  • 9 (Finance)
    (on shares)
    dividendo (masculine) pasivo
    on o at call
    Example sentences
    • The bank could issue the contingent capital component of its planned £7.8 billion capital call as early as this summer, according to debt bankers.
    • With potential bank losses barely covered by the European Stability Mechanism's 60 billion euros of bank rescue funds, what might happen when banks admit this can't continue, and loan losses trigger new capital calls?
    • Conceptually, an overdraft is repayable at call or on demand, whereas a loan is granted for a fixed period of time.
    Example sentences
    • By tracking the daily and weekly volume of puts and calls in the U.S. stock market, we can gauge the feelings of traders.
    • Put options should increase in value and calls should drop as the stock price falls.
    • The rule for creating synthetics is that the strike price and expiration date of the calls and puts must be identical.

transitive verb

  • 1 (shout) to call somebody's name
    llamar a alguien
    didn't you hear us calling you?
    ¿no oíste que te estábamos llamando?
    to call the roll o register (Sch)
    pasar lista
    he calls the numbers at bingo
    canta los números en el bingo
    to call time (British English)
    anunciar la hora de cerrar
    (en un pub)
    the ball was called in/out (tennis)
    declararon buena/mala la pelota
    Example sentences
    • The cat heard me call and ran up to me.
    • I turned around and ran, but stopped on the stairs when he called after me.
    • As she started to leave the office, Max called after her.
    Example sentences
    • Madison makes her way out the door, calling goodbye to Robert over her shoulder.
    • One day I found myself running home from the bus stop, calling out goodbyes to Tracy and Brian.
    • Jennifer blew kisses to visiting reporters and called out "hi, hi."
  • 2
    (police/taxi/doctor)
    he was called to her office
    lo llamaron para que fuera a su oficina
    to call a strike/meeting
    llamar a or convocar una huelga/reunión
  • 3 (contact — by telephone, radio) I'll call you tomorrow
    te llamo or te llamaré mañana
    for more information call us on o at 341-6920
    para más información llame or llámenos al (teléfono) 341-6920
    don't call us, we'll call you (set phrase)
    ya lo llamaremos
    call me on my cell phone
  • 4 (name, describe as) we call her Betty
    la llamamos or (especially Latin America) le decimos Betty
    what are you going to call the baby?
    ¿qué nombre le van a poner al bebé?
    what is this called in Italian?
    ¿cómo se llama esto en italiano?
    to call somebody names
    insultar a alguien
    are you calling me a liar?
    ¿me estás llamando mentiroso?
    he calls himself an artist, but …
    se dice or se considera un artista pero …
    what sort of time do you call this?
    ¿éstas son horas de llegar?
    she can hardly be called beautiful
    no puede decirse que sea bonita
    how could you call yourself her friend?
    ¿cómo puedes decir que eres amiga suya?
    I didn't have anything I could call my own
    no tenía nada que de verdad fuera mío
    I don't call that difficult
    yo no diría que es difícil
    I call that a waste of time
    eso es lo que yo llamo una pérdida de tiempo
    shall we call it $30?
    digamos or pongamos que treinta dólares
    Example sentences
    • When my husband and I were first married we had a cat we called Wanda.
    • Morel gives birth to their third child, whom she calls Paul.
    • Daisy, as we called the goat, would hate to be separated from her lambs and it was woe betide any dog that came near them.
    Example sentences
    • I heard one girl called her a 'tomboy'.
    • The reporter called her a "good-looking, smart, gin-drinking suburbanite."
    • Let's analyze the stupidity of your comment to Jack below, where you called him a loser.

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (person)
    the dog comes when I call
    el perro viene cuando (lo) llamo
    to call to somebodyshe called to me for help/to fetch a cloth
    me llamó para que la ayudara/para que le llevara un trapo
    duty calls
    el deber me llama
    Example sentences
    • I pride myself in either taking the call or calling the person back within an hour.
    • I'll call you back soon.
    • People, like the man whose apartment didn't have a door, can call the 800 number for help at any time.
  • 2 (by telephone, radio) who's calling, please?
    ¿de parte de quién, por favor?
    Madrid calling
    Example sentences
    • The woman in the museum reception was kind enough to call a cab.
    • We called a cab to take us to the club.
    • Do not allow yourself or anyone else to become dangerously ill before calling a doctor or going to a hospital.
  • 3 (visit) thanks for calling
    gracias por venir
    he called while I was out
    vino or pasó cuando yo no estaba
    please call again
    gracias por su visita

Phrasal verbs

call around

verb + adverb
1.1 (Telecom)
(a varias personas)
1.2call round 1

call at

verb + preposition + object
the ship called at Tangier
el barco hizo escala en Tánger
this train calls at all stations
este tren para en todas las estaciones
I called at your place yesterday
ayer pasé por tu casa

call away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
she was called away from the meeting
la llamaron y tuvo que salir de la reunión
he was called away on business
tuvo que ausentarse por motivos de trabajo

call back

1 (Telecom) verb + object + adverbcan I call you back?
¿puedo llamarte más tarde?
she never calls you back
nunca te devuelve la llamada
2verb + adverb 2.1 (Telecom)
volver a llamar
2.2
(traveling salesman)
volver a pasar

call down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (invoke)
(curses/wrath)
1.2 (reprimand)
(American English)
hacerle una llamada de atención a

call for

verb + preposition + object
1.1 (need, require)
(skill/courage)
you won? this calls for champagne!
¿ganaste? ¡esto hay que celebrarlo con champán!
that last remark wasn't called for
ese último comentario estuvo de más or no era necesario
1.2
(demand)
he called for restraint
hizo un llamamiento or llamado (Latin America) a la moderación
1.3 (request)
(reserves/reinforcements)
1.4 (shout for)
(a gritos)
1.5 (collect)
(goods/person)
pasar a buscar or a recoger
I'll call for you at seven
te pasaré a buscar or recoger a las siete

call forth

verb + adverb + object
[formal]
(protest/criticism)
(emotion)

call in

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (summon)
(expert/plumber/doctor)
1.2 (withdraw)
retirar de circulación
1.3 (Finance)
(debt/loan)
exigir el pago inmediato de
(library books)
solicitar la devolución de
he had to call in all his political IOUs
tuvo que recurrir a todos los que le debían favores políticos
2verb + adverb 2.1 (visit)to call in (on somebody)shall we call in on the Rowsons?
¿por qué no pasamos a ver or a visitar a los Rowson?
¿por qué no les hacemos una visita a los Rowson?
Ingrid called in while you were out (British English)
Ingrid pasó or vino cuando no estabas
2.2 (telephone)

call off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (cancel)
(game/meeting/marriage)
if that's how you feel, let's call the whole thing off
1.2 (order to stop)
(men)
(dog)

call on

verb + preposition + object
1.1 (visit)
pasar a ver or a visitar a
1.2call upon

call out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (summon)
(guard/fire brigade)
(army)
hacer intervenir a
we had to call the doctor out in the middle of the night
tuvimos que hacer venir al médico en la mitad de la noche
1.2 (on strike)
(British English)
llamar a la huelga
1.3 (utter) See examples: he called out her name
la llamó
pronunció su nombre [literary]

call round

verb + adverb
1.1 (visit)
(British English)
Clare called round this afternoon
Clare pasó or vino esta tarde
1.2 (especially British English) (Telecom) call around 1

call up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (cause to return)
(memory/image)
traer a la memoria
(spirits)
1.2 (telephone)
(especially American English)
1.3 (Military) (often passive)

call upon

verb + preposition + object
1.1 (invite) I should like to call upon the chairman to make a speech
quisiera invitar al señor presidente a que diga unas palabras
1.2 (appeal to)
apelar a
we call upon all people of goodwill to …
apelamos a todas las personas de buena voluntad para que …

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