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Phrasal Verbs Beginning with C

Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with the letter C.

Call for = demand or require

  • This achievement calls for a big celebration.
  • Now that laptops have become ubiquitous, there is not much call for desktop computers.
  • This recipe calls for butter, not ghee.

Call off (separable) = cancel something

  • Her parents were shocked when she called off her wedding to Peter.
  • The meeting has been called off.
  • We had to call the picnic off because of bad weather.

Call on = visit; ask somebody to speak in a meeting, classroom etc.

  • Whenever he is in Sydney, he makes it a point to call on his old friends and colleagues.
  • The teacher called on the boy to answer the question, but he couldnít.

Call up (separable) = to call somebody up is to telephone them

  • I called up to see if she had reached safely.
  • I have been calling him up since morning, but he hasnít answered my calls yet.

Calm down (separable) = make someone relax

  • The doctor calmed the patient down with a mild dose of sedatives.

Care for = nurse somebody or something; like somebody or something

  • She cared for the stray cat until its legs healed.
  • He spent years caring for his sick wife.
  • I donít care for cold coffee. (= I donít like cold coffee.)

Carry on = continue an activity

  • Please carry on. I will wait until you have finished.

Carry on about = continue an activity in an annoying way

  • He kept carrying on about his achievements although none of us were keen on listening.

Carry out (separable) = accomplish or complete something

  • They couldnít carry out their plans.
  • If you donít carry out my instructions, you will be sacked.

Catch up with = try to be at the same place as the person in front of you

  • You will have to work twice as hard if you want to catch up with her.

Check back = return to see if everything is all right

  • We will check back tomorrow to make sure that all arrangements are in proper place.

Check by = go to a place to see if something has happened

  • We will have to check by his house to see if he has already left.
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