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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycall up
he/she/itcalls up
present participlecalling up
past tensecalled up
past participlecalled up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to telephone someone

    I called him up and told him.

    call (someone) up to do something:

    Nancy had called up to invite him.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to officially make someone become a member of the armed forces, especially in a war

    Two of her brothers had been called up.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to ask someone to play in a sports team, especially in an international match

    He was called up for England last season.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to make information in a computer appear on the screen

    Call up the menu and click on ‘Documents’.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to make you remember something

    Seeing Paula in that white dress called up memories of his Aunt Sara.

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