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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycall for
he/she/itcalls for
present participlecalling for
past tensecalled for
past participlecalled for
  1. 1
    call for something to say publicly that something must happen

    Several of the newspapers were calling for his resignation.

    Protesters were calling for a ban on the production of GM foods.

  2. 2
    call for something to make something necessary or suitable

    The present crisis calls for mature judgment on the part of our leaders.

    Skill and initiative are called for in this job.

    not called for (=unpleasant or unfair):

    I really don’t think that remark was called for!

    See also uncalled for
  3. 3
    call for someone/something to go somewhere and get someone or something in order to take them to another place

    I’ll call for you at eight.

    Has he called for his parcel yet?

See also main entry: call


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