Definition of call up in English:

call up

Translate call up into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1call someone up, call up someoneSummon someone to serve in the armed forces.

    ‘they have called up more than 20,000 reservists’
    • ‘She was a member of the Territorial Army when she was called up to serve in the last conflict.’
    • ‘He was called up for the Army in 1939 and served in France during the war, and later in the Middle East.’
    • ‘His 19-year-old brother Aidan is also in the army and is currently waiting to see if he is called up to serve in the Gulf.’
    • ‘Chuck receives a letter calling him up to the army and refuses to serve.’
    • ‘Only a year later Doug was called up to serve in the Royal Marines, while Betty went on to serve in the Army.’
    • ‘When World War 1 broke out he was called up for the army.’
    • ‘What if there were a reinstatement of the draft and you were called up?’
    • ‘Before becoming a teacher he was called up to do National Service and served in Germany.’
    • ‘Then the government started conscription and I was called up.’
    • ‘While fishing, Fred asks the bartender if he will go to war when they call up the old men.’
    enlist, recruit, sign up
    1. 1.1Select someone to play in a team, especially at a higher level of competition.
      ‘he was called up from Columbus to finish the season with the Yankees’
      • ‘After a stint in Hartford, he is called up to the big team.’
      • ‘Though she lost her debut matches, the tennis player hopes she will be called up to play for the senior team in the future.’
      • ‘‘We called him up as the 17th player,’ the team manager said.’
      • ‘If he doesn't make the Olympic team, there's a good chance the Cubs will call him up in September.’
      • ‘He was called up and scored a century on his debut.’
      • ‘Romario knows that if Brazil do not find a consistent goalscorer soon, then the pressure to call him up will mount.’
      • ‘Ainsworth is the best of the three, and if he mows down Pacific Coast League hitters, the team will be tempted to call him up.’
      • ‘The worst-case scenario with Crosby is that the organization calls him up anyway, and the Tigers lose lots of games.’
      • ‘My point is, the Rays aren't afraid to call up their young guys.’
      • ‘In all honesty I hope the FO doesn't call up Bryant or Baez next season.’
      select, pick, choose
  • 2call someone up, call up someonemainly North American informal Contact someone by phone.

    • ‘I have a list of people to call up in the morning’
    • ‘He stalks her, following her to the church where she does volunteer work, and even calls her up anonymously on the telephone.’
    • ‘A pollster selects a random sample of voters, calls them up on the telephone, and asks who the respondent would vote for if the election were being held today.’
    • ‘When I can't get my email, I call them up on the phone and they explain exactly what's wrong and when they expect it to be fixed.’
    • ‘The phone hasn't stopped ringing with people calling me up to say how wonderful it looks.’
    • ‘I called Liv up on the phone, and we agreed to meet down by the lake.’
    • ‘I'd found her number in the phone book and called her up on the chance that she'd meet me.’
    • ‘Sensing the rarity of the animal, Meshram closed the door and immediately called up fire brigade personnel.’
    • ‘When you call up Customer Care, you just get pathetic responses which won't take you anywhere.’
    • ‘He may have even called up Katy to help console him, but that doesn't mean they hooked up.’
    • ‘I called up Customer Care again and they promised me a free replacement by tomorrow evening.’
    phone, telephone, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
    phone, telephone, call, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
  • 3call something up, call up somethingEvoke something.

    ‘the special effects that called up the Mars landscape were impressive’
    • ‘Nostalgia sells; people love to listen to music that calls those memories up.’
    • ‘The opening movement, for flute and strings, calls up the lonely hills.’
    • ‘‘Home for the holidays’ is an often-used phrase this time of year, calling up images of friends and family gathered together to celebrate old traditions.’
    • ‘While no, I can't say that I've seen this exact storyline unfold before, I can say that it never stops calling up memories of other shows.’
    • ‘The metaphor calls up a vision of the artist's studio as the site of learning and experimentation.’
    • ‘Kearney began now to call up a vision in the future, as a moment before he had called up one of the past.’
    • ‘The proposal is steeped in the language of agricultural protection, calling up images of an agriculture frozen in time.’
    • ‘The vegan diet usually calls up images of austerity and abstention.’
    1. 3.1Cause data, a file, an image, etc. to be displayed on a screen.
      ‘icons that allow you to call up a graphic’
      • ‘It predicts what data the program is going to need next and calls it up ahead of time, storing the received but as-yet-unrequired data in main memory.’
      • ‘Detailed maps can be called up on screens and geographical intelligence deployed to officers.’
      • ‘Its details are logged on a card which the user takes away and the horse's details can be called up to be raced when the card is inserted into a machine.’
      • ‘She calls up the XML version of the document in a structured editor on the left of the browser window.’
      • ‘Greg calls up the webpage and gets the tech support number.’
      • ‘Onscreen icons launch programs with a click, and a movable tool bar calls up menus listing everyday programs.’
      • ‘Digitally-enabled sports fans can select particular camera angles, or call up on-screen menus containing all kinds of background nuggets.’
      • ‘So I called up my credit file and went through all 40 pages of it.’
      • ‘To make matters worse, online links to sites offering more information simply called up error pages.’
      • ‘Once the customer has made a decision, the salesman calls up a three-dimensional image on his computer screen.’