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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycall in
he/she/itcalls in
present participlecalling in
past tensecalled in
past participlecalled in
  1. 1
    [intransitive] same as call
    call in to do something:

    I called in to see Jeff yesterday.

    call in on:

    She wondered whether to call in on Mark on the way home.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to ask a person or organization that provides a service to come and deal with something

    The company have called in the police to investigate.

  3. 4
    [transitive] to ask or tell someone to come to a place, usually so that you can talk to them
  4. 5
    [intransitive] to telephone the place where you work and say where you are or what you are doing

    Al is at a conference this week, but he calls in every day.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      call in sick to telephone the place where you work and say you will not come to work because you are ill
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  5. 6
    call in a favour to ask someone to help you because you helped them in the past
  6. 7
    call in a loan to ask someone to pay you the money that you lent them
See also main entry: call
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