call for (someone or something)

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call for (someone or something)

1. To call a place by phone specifically to talk to one who lives or works there (depending on the context). Honey, a boy named John called for you while you were at tennis practice this afternoon. I'm calling for Mr. Crane—is he in the office today?
2. To yell to another person or with a particular request. I called for my dad when I noticed the leak in the dining room ceiling. Do you hear someone calling for help?
3. To require something. Well, the recipe calls for four eggs, and I only have two, so I guess I'm going to the store.
4. To ask one to come to a particular place. I knew about the public outcry against my article, so I was not surprised when the editor called for me.
5. To pick one up for transport, as of a car service. Your flight is at 6 AM, so the driver will call for you at 4.
6. To predict something. Take an umbrella with you—the forecast is calling for rain this afternoon.
7. To be a fitting or appropriate time, occasion, or reason to do something. Celebrating an engagement calls for champagne!
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call for someone or something

 
1. to need, require, or demand something or the services of someone. The recipe calls for two cups of flour. This job calls for someone with experience.
2. to arrive to collect or pick up a person or a thing. (Used especially when you are to pick someone up and are acting as an escort.) I will call for you about eight this evening. The messenger will call for your reply in the morning.
3. to shout for or request someone or something. I called for Ted, but he didn't hear me. I stood on the porch and called for the dog.
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call for

1. Go to get someone or something, as in John said he'd call for Mary at eight, or Someone's at the door, calling for the package. [First half of 1600s]
2. Summon someone or something. For example, The audience called for the playwright, or The judge called for the verdict. [First half of 1500s]
3. Require, demand, as in This job calls for a lot of patience. [First half of 1700s] Also see no call for; uncalled for.
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call for

v.
1. To summon or request someone or something: As I neared home, I could hear my mother calling for me.
2. To require or demand something: The recent surge in crime calls for a strong community response.
3. To be an appropriate occasion for something: This happy news calls for champagne.
4. To come to pick someone up: The driver will call for you at 7:00.
5. To say that something is likely to occur: The weather forecast calls for clouds and rain.
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Dear Editor Last week's United Nations report on climate change was a wake-up call for us to step up what we are doing, individually and through our Governments, to tackle the problem.
'I think that Game 1 loss did more for us than we thought it ever could, last game was a huge wakeup call for us,' said Padda.
by Pajhwok Report on 15 April, 2014 - 00:39 KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading a delegation of Republican lawmakers, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, has been in Kabul since Sunday to underscore their call for US forces to remain and review the April 5 presidential election, Boehner's office said on Monday.
As for vulnerable children who have no-one to look out for them, perhaps this is a wake-up call for us to actively support legislation that will protect young hopeful lives from being destroyed.
"What happened here is a wakeup call for us and now we've got to use it as that," said the Gers skipper.
This is a call for us to come home to the land of Israel, the land that needs us.
Diseases and crises such as Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami in South East Asia, and the tragedy of September 11th become a clarion call for us to recall and honor our innate ancestral memories.
The last poem, "Language" is a declaration for "...the grand tongue of humanity ...," a call for us all to speak against current injustices and to make a safe way for forthcoming generations.
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Finally, I call for us all to respect differences: Now more than ever we need the awareness of other cultures that lesbians and gay men can uniquely bring.
I'm 100% behind David Miliband in his call for us to be proud of our region and what it has to offer.