Phrasal Verbs | 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 couldn’t.

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 hasn’t 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 don’t care for cold coffee. (= I don’t 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 couldn’t carry out their plans.
  • If you don’t 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.

Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with letter C

Come by = get, receive

  • How did you come by that diamond necklace?

Come down with = become sick with

  • She has come down with the measles.

Come into = inherit

  • He came into a huge sum of money when his grandmother died.

Come off = fall off, break off

  • The handle came off the suitcase when I tried to pick it up.

Come out with = produce and sell a product

  • Apple is expected to come out with a new version of its iPad tablet next month.

Come over = visit somebody at their place

  • Would you like to come over for dinner?

Come to = regain consciousness after fainting

  • She came to when they sprinkled cold water on her face.

Come up to = reach a certain level

  • Reality doesn’t always come up to expectations.

Come up with = suggest an idea or a plan

  • She came up with an interesting proposal.

Come with = include

  • This tablet computer doesn’t come with a physical keyboard.

Count in (separable) = include

  • Please count me in. (= Please include me.)
  • ‘We might go camping this weekend.’ ‘Please count me in.’
  • You can count John in. He really likes camping.
  • Did you count the expenses in?

Count on = depend on

  • You can count on him.

Count out (separable) = exclude

  • ‘We are going to the theatre. Would you like to come with us?’ ‘No, you can count me out.’

Crack down on = enforce laws more strictly

  • The police have been cracking down on drug trafficking.

Crack up = laugh a lot

  • She would crack up at even the silliest jokes.

Cross out = draw a line through something

  • Cross out the wrong answer.

Cut down / cut down on = decrease the amount of

  • If you want to lose weight, you will need to cut down on your fat intake.

Cut in = interrupt

  • She always cuts in while we are discussing something personal.

Cut off (separable) = interrupt someone while they are speaking; sever with a knife or another weapon

  • She cut him off before he could say anything.
  • They cut his head off.

Cut up = cut into small pieces

  • The vegetables have been cut up.

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