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

Translation of call in Arabic:

transitive verb/فعل متعد

  • 1 (to say loudly)
    also: call out
    نادى (a name, number, the answer)
    Miss Jones called the register
    نادَت الأُسْتاذةُ جونْز كَشْفَ الحُضورِ
  • 2
    (to summon by shouting)
    نادى (a waiter, dog)
    (by phone)
    طَلَبَ (the police, a taxi)
    (by letter)
    طَلَبَ الحُضورَ
    اسْتَدْعى (an applicant, a witness)
    he was called before the committee
    طُلِبَ مِنْهُ الحُضورُ أمام اللَجْنةِ
  • 3
    (to telephone) (callers)
    اتَّصَلَ (+ ب)
    هاتَفَ (a number, help line)
    call me on 07758082928
    اتَّصِلْ بي على 07758082928
  • 5
    (to name)
    سَمّى (a baby, book, product)
    what did they call the baby?
    ماذا سَمَّيا الطِفْلَ؟
    she is called by her maiden name
    تُدْعى باسْمِها قبل الزَواجِ
  • 6 (to describe as) are you calling me a liar?
    هل تَقولُ إنَّني كَذّابٌ؟
    I'm proud to call myself a democrat/Jordanian
    أَشْعُرُ بالفَخْرِ عِنْدَما أَقولُ إنَّني من الحِزْبِ الديمُقْراطيِّ \ أُرْدُنّيٌّ
    I wouldn't call it spacious
    لا أَقولُ إنَّهُ فَسيحٌ
    do you call that plate clean?
    هل تَقولُ إنّ هذا الطَبَقَ نَظيفٌ؟
    let's call it £20
    دَعْنا نَقولُ £20
  • 7 (Sport/الرياضة)
    أَعْلَنَ أنّ
    أَشارَ أنّ (a ball, shot)
    the linesman called the ball out/in
    أَشارَ مُساعِدُ الحَكَمِ أنّ الكُرةَ خارِجَ \ داخِلَ المَلْعَبِ
    he was called offside
    أُعْلِنَ أَنَّهُ في وَضْعِ التَسَلُّلِ

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد

  • 1
    also: call out
    (to cry out)
    she called for the nurse
    نادَتْ على المُمَرِّضةِ
  • 2
    (by telephone)
    اتَّصَلَ (+ ب)
    who's calling?
    مَنْ المُتَّصِلُ؟
    please call again in an hour
    من فَضْلِكَ اتَّصِلْ مَرّةً أُخْرى بعد ساعةٍ
  • 3
    (to visit) (person)
    I called at your house on my way home
    زُرْتُ بَيْتَكَ أثناء عَوْدَتي إلى المَنْزِلِ
    this train calls at Birmingham
    هذا القِطارُ يَتَوَقَّفُ في بِرْمِنْجْهام
    all the ships call at Port Said
    كُلُّ السُفُنِ تَتَوَقَّفُ في بورْسَعيد


  • 1
    (by phone)
    to make/receive a call
    أَجْرى \ اسْتَقْبَلَ مُكالَمةً
    to make a call to Syria
    أَجْرى مُكالَمةً لِسورِيا
    I'll give you a call tomorrow
    سَوْفَ أَتَّصِلُ بِكَ غَداً
    to return somebody's call
    اتَّصَلَ بِشَخْصٍ رَدًّا على مُكالَمَتِهِ
    to put a call through to somebody
    وَصَّلَ مُكالَمةً لِشَخْصٍ
  • 2
    no one answered her calls for help
    لم يَسْتَجِبْ أَحَدٌ لاسْتِغاثاتِها
  • 4 there were calls for his resignation
    كانَ هُناكَ دَعَواتٌ لَهُ للاسْتِقالةِ
    the call to prayer
    (from a mosque)
  • 5 uncountable/غير معدود
    he felt the call to the priesthood
    شَعَرَ بِنِداءِ الكِهانةِ
  • 6 (demand, need) she has many calls on her time
    لَدَيْها مَشاغِلٌ كَثيرةٌ
    there's not much call for them at this time of year
    لا يوجَدُ طَلَبٌ كَبيرٌ عَلَيْهِ في مِثْلِ هذا الوَقْتِ من العامِ
    there's no call for such rudeness
    لا داعِيَ لِمِثْلِ هذه الوَقاحةِ
    what he did was beyond the call of duty
    ما فَعَلَهُ تَجاوُزٌ لِمَهامِّ الوَظيفةِ
  • 8 (on duty) to be on call
    (doctors, engineers)
    كانَ في مَهَمّةٍ
    Dr Janes is out on a call at the moment
    خَرَجَ د. جايْنْز في مَهَمّةٍ حاليًّا
  • 9 uncountable/غير معدود the call of the wild/the big city
    سِحْر البَرّيّةِ \ المَدينةِ الكَبيرةِ
  • 10
    it's a tough call
    هذا قَرارٌ صَعْبٌ


to be a close call

(كانَ على وَشْكِ الانْتِهاءِ بِشَكْلٍ مُخْتَلِفٍ)

Phrasal verbs

call away

call [somebody] away she was called away on business
تَمَّ اسْتِدْعاؤُها في مَهَمّةِ عَمَلٍ

call back

(by phone)
عاوَدَ الاتِّصالَ
(to return)
أَتى مَرّةً أُخْرى
call [somebody] back 1
(by shouting)
صاحَ إلى [شَخْصٍ] بالعَوْدةِ (a visitor)
(to call again)
عاوَدَ الاتِّصالَ ب [شَخْصٍ]
(to return somebody's call)
رَدَّ المُكالَمةَ ل [شَخْصٍ]

call by


call for

call for [something/somebody] 1
(to demand)
طالَبَ ب [شَيْءٍ] (action, an investigation)
(to merit)
تَطَلَّبَ \ اسْتَوْجَبَ [شَيْئاً] (special treatment, a different solution)
this calls for a celebration!
هذا يَسْتَوْجِبُ الاحْتِفالَ!
that was not called for
لم يَكُنْ هُناكَ داعٍ لِذَلِكَ
(to collect)
أَحْضَرَ [شَيْئاً] (a parcel)

call in

1 to call in on somebody 2
(to telephone) (employees)
to call in sick
أَبْلَغَ أَنَّهُ مَريضٌ
call in [somebody], call [somebody] in 1
(to ask inside)
طَلَبَ من [شَخْصٍ] الدُخولَ (a patient, candidate)
(to send for)
اسْتَدْعى [شَخْصاً] (the police, an expert)
call in [something], call [something] in 1
(to recall)
طَلَبَ إرْجاعَ [شَيْءٍ] (a faulty product)
طالَبَ بِسَدادِ [شَيْءٍ] (a loan)

call off

call off [something], call [something] off 1 (to cancel)
أَلْغى [شَيْئاً] (a strike, meeting, wedding)
(to halt)
أَوْقَفَ [شَيْئاً] (a search, an investigation)
زَجَرَ \ نَهى [شَيْئاً] (a dog)

call on

call on [somebody/something] 1
(to visit)
زارَ [شَخْصاً \ شَيْئاً] (a friend, patient)
(to invite)
دَعا [شَخْصاً \ شَيْئاً] (a speaker, guest)
(to urge)
حَثَّ \ طالَبَ [شَخْصاً \ شَيْئاً] (the government, minister)
to call on somebody to do something
طالَبَ شَخْصاً أنْ يَفْعَلَ شَيْئاً
(to make use of)
اسْتَعانَ ب [شَخْصٍ \ شَيْءٍ] (friends, somebody's services)
she has neighbours she can call on
لَدَيْها جيرانٌ يُمْكِنُها أنْ تَسْتَعينَ بِهِمْ

call out

(to cry out) (person)
call out [somebody], call [somebody] out 1 (to send for)
اسْتَدْعى [شَخْصاً] (an engineer, the doctor)
the government called out the army
اسْتَدْعَت الحُكومةُ الجَيْشَ
(on strike)
دَعا [شَخْصاً] إلى الإضْرابِ (the workers)
call [something] out, call out [something]
نادى [شَيْئاً] (a number, name)

call round

(British English/الإنكليزية البريطانية)
(to visit)

call up

call up [somebody], call [somebody] up 1
(by phone)
اتَّصَلَ ب [شَخْصٍ]
هاتَفَ [شَخْصاً] (a friend, one's mother)
(for military service)
اسْتَدْعى [شَخْصاً] (reservists, troops)
(for a game)
اخْتارَ [شَخْصاً] (a player)
call up [something], call [something] up 1
(to evoke)
ذَكَّرَ ب [شَيْءٍ] (a memory, an image)

call upon

call on
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