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call upon

Definition of call upon

  1. 1 :  to ask (someone or something) to do something :  to say that someone or something should do something <You may be called upon to do several jobs.> <Universities are called upon to produce trained professionals.>

  2. 2 :  to ask for help from (someone) <Is there anyone you can call upon in an emergency?>

  3. 3 :  to use (something, such as a talent or skill) <She had to call upon all her reserves of strength and skill to meet the challenge.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance :  shout

    :  to make a request or demand

    :  to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. :  an act of calling with the voice :  shout

    :  an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

    :  an instrument used for calling

  1. :  on

  1. :  on the surface :  on it

    :  thereafter, thereon

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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