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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyturn up
he/she/itturns up
present participleturning up
past tenseturned up
past participleturned up
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to increase the amount of sound, heat, or light produced by a piece of equipment by pressing a button or moving a switch
    Can you turn the volume up a little?
    Don’t turn the TV up – I’m trying to read.
    Add the mussels, turn up the heat, and leave them to steam until all are fully open.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to come somewhere, especially unexpectedly or without making a firm arrangement
    There is no need to make a reservation – just turn up on the night.
    turn up for: She failed to turn up for work on Monday.
    turn up at: If you want to play in the concert, you have to turn up at all the rehearsals.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be found, especially by accident, after being lost or not known about
    The documents finally turned up in an office down the hall.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to find something lost, hidden, or unexpected by looking for it
      The police haven’t turned up anything new, have they?
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to happen unexpectedly or by chance
    You’ll get another job: something is bound to turn up soon.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to open a fold along the edge of a piece of clothing
    He turned up his jacket collar against the cold.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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