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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
  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. 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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