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English verb: call for

1. call for (communication) express the need or desire for; ask for


SamplesShe requested an extra bed in her room.
She called for room service.


Synonymsbespeak, quest, request


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across


Narrower (hyponym)appeal, apply, arrogate, ask, ask in, ask out, ask over, ask round, beg, beg, beg off, book, call, call for, challenge, claim, claim, demand, demand, desire, encore, excuse, hold, invite, invite, invite, invite out, invoke, lay claim, order, petition, reserve, reserve, solicit, supplicate, take out, tap


Verb groupcall for, invite

2. call for (stative) require as useful, just, or proper


SamplesIt takes nerve to do what she did.
Success usually requires hard work.
This job asks a lot of patience and skill.
This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice.
This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert.
This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent.


Synonymsask, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)claim, compel, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, exact, govern, take


Verb groupclaim, exact, take


Antonymsobviate, rid of, eliminate

3. call for (communication) request the participation or presence of


SamplesThe organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference.


Synonymsinvite


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Verb groupbespeak, call for, quest, request

4. call for (possession) gather or collect


SamplesYou can get the results on Monday.
She picked up the children at the day care center.
They pick up our trash twice a week.


Synonymscollect, gather up, pick up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get









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