call for

verb
1. express the need or desire for; ask for (Freq. 24)
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She requested an extra bed in her room

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She called for room service

Syn: ↑request, ↑bespeak, ↑quest
Derivationally related forms: ↑request (for: ↑request)
Hypernyms: ↑communicate, ↑pass on, ↑pass, ↑pass along, ↑put across
Hyponyms:
order, ↑ask, ↑encore, ↑petition, ↑demand, ↑appeal, ↑invoke, ↑supplicate, ↑apply, ↑solicit, ↑beg, ↑tap, ↑reserve, ↑challenge, ↑excuse, ↑beg off, ↑claim, ↑invite, ↑ask in, ↑desire, ↑lay claim, ↑arrogate, ↑ask over, ↑ask round, ↑call, ↑ask out, ↑invite out, ↑take out, ↑hold, ↑book
Verb Group: ↑invite
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

2. require as useful, just, or proper (Freq. 21)
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It takes nerve to do what she did

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success usually requires hard work

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This job asks a lot of patience and skill

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This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice

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This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert

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This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent

Syn:
necessitate, ↑ask, ↑postulate, ↑need, ↑require, ↑take, ↑involve, ↑demand
Ant: ↑obviate (for: ↑necessitate)
Derivationally related forms: ↑demand (for: ↑demand), ↑requirement (for: ↑require), ↑need (for: ↑need), ↑necessity (for: ↑necessitate)
Hyponyms:
claim, ↑take, ↑exact, ↑govern, ↑draw, ↑cost, ↑cry out for, ↑cry for, ↑compel
Verb Group: ↑claim, ↑take, ↑exact
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody to INFINITIVE

(for: ↑require)
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It ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑require)
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It ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑necessitate)
3. request the participation or presence of (Freq. 1)
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The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference

Syn: ↑invite
Derivationally related forms: ↑invitatory (for: ↑invite), ↑invitation (for: ↑invite)
Hypernyms: ↑request, ↑bespeak, ↑quest
Verb Group: ↑request, ↑bespeak, ↑quest
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

4. gather or collect
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You can get the results on Monday

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She picked up the children at the day care center

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They pick up our trash twice a week

Syn: ↑collect, ↑pick up, ↑gather up
Derivationally related forms: ↑pickup (for: ↑pick up)
Hypernyms: ↑get, ↑acquire
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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make necessary

desperate times call for desperate measures

draw attention to the need for

the report calls for an audit of endangered species

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call for [phrasal verb]
1 call for (something)
1 a : to say or demand publicly that something is needed or should be done

The opposition has called for an investigation.

The government has called for [=asked for] calm and restraint.

1 b : to indicate that something is needed or should be done

The plan calls for three windows to be added.

You've won! That calls for a celebration! [=we should celebrate because you've won]

1 c : to require or demand (something) as necessary or proper

The job calls for typing skills. [=you must have typing skills to do the job]

Action is urgently called for [=needed] in order to avert catastrophe!

These new problems call for [=require] further investigation.

His rude behavior was not called for. [=his behavior was uncalled-for/inappropriate]

2 call for (someone or something) : to go to a place to get (someone or something)

I'll call for you (at your house) after dinner.

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Main Entry:call

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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