Quick answer
"Call for" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "exigir", and "call in" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "llamar a". Learn more about the difference between "call for" and "call in" below.
call for
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to demand)
a. exigir
Thousands of people gathered in front of city hall to call for the mayor's resignation.Miles de personas se reunieron delante del ayuntamiento para exigir la dimisión del alcalde.
b. hacer un llamamiento a
In the aftermath of the weekend riots, political leaders have called for calm.Tras los disturbios acontecidos durante el fin de semana, los líderes políticos han hecho un llamamiento a la calma.
2. (to shout for)
a. pedir (shouting)
The demonstrators called for the company to abandon the project.Los manifestantes pedían que la empresa abandonara el proyecto.
3. (to ask for)
a. pedir
I called for the check, paid and left.Pedí la cuenta, pagué y me marché.
4. (to require)
a. requerir
A situation like this calls for speedy action.Una situación como esta requiere acción rápida.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
So you got the job! This calls for a celebration!¡Así que te dieron el trabajo! ¡Esto hay que celebrarlo!
What you said wasn't called for. Apologize at once!Lo que dijiste estuvo de más. Pide disculpas ya mismo.
5. (to call to talk to)
a. llamar para hablar con
I'm calling for Peter. - I'm sorry, but he's not in right now. Can I take a message?Llamaba para hablar con Peter. - Lo siento, pero no está aquí en este momento. ¿Quieres dejarle algún recado?
6. (to collect) (United Kingdom)
a. pasar a buscar
Shall I call for you or do you want to meet at the mall?¿Paso a buscarte o nos vemos en el centro comercial?
b. pasar a recoger
The messenger called for the documents but they weren't ready.El mensajero pasó a recoger los documentos pero no estaban listos.
c. recoger
Julie's friends called for her and they went to the movies.Las amigas de Julie la recogieron y fueron al cine.
7. (to predict)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. prever
Tomorrow's forecast calls for more rain.El pronóstico para mañana prevé más lluvia.
b. pronosticar
Forecasters are calling for record temperatures tomorrow.Los meteorólogos pronostican temperaturas récord mañana.
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call in
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to summon)
a. llamar a
The city called in the riot police to control the situation.El ayuntamiento llamó a la policía antidisturbios para que controlaran la situación.
2. (to carry out by phone)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A customer called in a complaint, and he named you specifically.Un cliente llamó para quejarse, y te mencionó específicamente a ti.
I called in the pizza over an hour ago, and they still haven't delivered it.Llamé para pedir la pizza hace más de una hora, y todavía no la han traído.
3. (to require payment of)
a. reclamar
The lender called in the mortgage on the house after Bonnie died, and her husband had to find a way to pay it.La entidad crediticia reclamó la hipoteca de la casa después de que murió Bonnie, y su marido tenía que buscar una manera de pagarla.
4. (to return)
a. pedir que se devuelva
The've called in the one hundred-peso bills to be replaced with coins.Han pedido que se devuelvan los billetes de cien pesos para sustituirlos con monedas.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
5. (to make contact)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The salesman called in to the office in the afternoon to check in with his supervisor.El vendedor llamó a la oficina por la tarde para ponerle al día a su jefe.
This is the third time Sam has called in sick this month.Esta es la tercera vez este mes que llama Sam para decir que no viene al trabajo porque está enfermo.
6. (to call the host of a show)
a. llamar
Maddie knew the answer to the trivia question, so she called in to the radio station.Maddie sabía la respuesta a la pregunta de trivia, entonces llamó a la estación de radio.
7. (to visit briefly) (United Kingdom)
a. pasarse
Paula's husband called in to see him at lunchtime.El esposo de Paula se pasó para verlo durante la hora del almuerzo.
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