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


  • 1 (by telephone) 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
  • 2 2.1 (of person) a call for help
    una llamada ( or un grito etc) de socorro
    didn't you hear my call?
    ¿no oíste que te llamé?
    Example sentences
    • She ignored anybody else on the street, not paying attention to the calls she was getting.
    • The woman ran as the guys chased after her, yelling wild calls.
    • They were yelling, their calls reverberating down the hall.
    (of animal) grito (masculine)
    2.3 (of bugle, trumpet, horn) the call to retreat
    la retreta
    Example sentences
    • The bugle call sounded at retreat was first used in the French Army and dates back to the crusades.
    • Like any ex-civilian, raw recruit Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll will be keeping time to ordinary bugle calls.
    • His greatest music was made at a time of optimism in America, when the roar of the plains and the dissonant buzz of the cities still felt like the bugle calls of the new frontier.
  • 3 3.1 (summons) to be on call the call of duty/to arms [literary]
    la llamada or (Latin America tb) 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 (Latin America tb) el llamado al sacerdocio
    to receive a call (in Presbyterian Church etc)
    ser nombrado pastor
    3.3 (Theater)it's your call
    le toca salir a escena
    3.4 (lure)
  • 4 (request) he made a call for peace
    hizo un llamamiento or (Latin America tb) llamado a la paz
    the strike call
    el llamamiento or (Latin America tb) 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
  • 5 (claim) 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 (reason) he had no call to be rude
    no tenía por qué ser grosero
    6.2 (demand) there's no o not much call for this product
    no hay mucha demanda para este producto
  • 7 (visit) 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]
  • 9 (Finance) (on shares)
    dividendo (masculine) pasivo
    on o at call

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 (School)
    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
    • After all, she had managed well enough the previous night, and calling a servant may draw attention to her presence.
    • One afternoon in 1999, I was dozing when I heard my maternal grandmother calling me.
    • Rose could hear Laurie calling her, but she didn't turn back.
    Example sentences
    • Standing up, I cupped my hands around my mouth, raising my voice before calling out his name.
    • You might think I have a lot of nerve calling out this word.
    • He didn't hear the bright, girlish voice calling out his name again and again until his caller stood right before him.
  • 2
    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 (esp 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
    • 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.
    • The winning name was provided by John from New Norfolk who suggested calling the bird ‘Reggie’.
    • They called the baby Joseph Patrick and he was christened in the Holy Family Church.
    Example sentences
    • One hasn't bothered to learn my name and just calls me ‘Rooney’.
    • One of my co-workers still calls me the wrong name almost every time he sees me.
    • She and Dennis had talked around the checkout counter and she'd gotten Dennis's last name wrong, calling him Lewis, and it stuck for some reason.

intransitive verb

  • 1
    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
  • 2 (by telephone, radio) who's calling, please?
    ¿de parte de quién, por favor?
    Madrid calling
  • 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 (Telecommunications)
llamar (a varias personas)
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 (Telecommunications) 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 (Telecommunications)
volver a llamar
(traveling salesman)
volver a pasar

call down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (invoke)
2 (reprimand) (American English)
hacerle una llamada de atención a

call for

verb + preposition + object
1 (need, require)
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
2 (demand) he called for restraint
hizo un llamamiento or llamado (Latin America) a la moderación
3 (request)
4 (shout for)
pedir (a gritos)
5 (collect)
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
dar lugar a

call in

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (summon)
1.2 (withdraw)
retirar de circulación
1.3 (Finance)
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 (cancel)
if that's how you feel, let's call the whole thing off
2 (order to stop)

call on

verb + preposition + object
1 (visit)
pasar a ver or a visitar a
2call upon

call out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (summon)
(guard/fire brigade)
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
2 (on strike) (British English)
llamar a la huelga
3 (utter) he called out her name
la llamó
pronunció su nombre [literary]

call round

verb + adverb
1 (visit) (British English) Clare called round this afternoon
Clare pasó or vino esta tarde
2 (esp British English) (Telecommunications) call around 1

call up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (cause to return)
traer a la memoria
evocar [literary]
2 (telephone) (esp American English) 3 (Military) (often passive)

call upon

verb + preposition + object
1 (invite) I should like to call upon the chairman to make a speech
quisiera invitar al señor presidente a que diga unas palabras
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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