2 verb
phone2 S1 also phone up [intransitive and transitive]
to speak to someone by telephone [= telephone]:
I'll phone you this evening.
Why didn't they phone the police?
For information phone 8279-3772.
Stevie phoned to say that he was going to be late.
I kept phoning her up, asking to meet her.
Tell him to phone back (=telephone again at a later time) tomorrow.
! You do not 'phone to' someone or 'phone to' a number. Phone is followed immediately by a noun: She phoned her friend Judy. | Just phone 01279-623772 and I'll come and get you.see usage note call1

phone in

phrasal verb
1 to telephone the place where you work, especially in order to report something:
I'll phone in and let them know.
phone something ↔ in
I'll phone the report in tomorrow morning.
She phoned in sick (=telephoned to say that she was ill and could not come to work).
2 to telephone a radio or television show to give your opinion or ask a question:
There's still time to phone in before the end of the programme.

call, phone, telephone, ring
In spoken English, it is usual to say that you call or phone someone He calls me almost every day. Phone me when you get there.In spoken British English, it is also very usual to say that you ring someone Have you rung Kim yet?It is fairly formal and not very usual in spoken English to say that you telephone someone.!! Do not say that you 'call to' someone I called him (NOT called to him) to let him know.!! There is no verb 'phone call' I need to call (NOT to phone call) Monica.You can also say that you give someone a (phone) call or, in British English, give them a ring Give me a call sometime. I think I'll give Mum a ring.!! Do not say 'give someone a phone'.See also call

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