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Definition of call-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an order to report for military service
2 : a baseball player brought up to a major league team from the minor leagues

call up

called up; calling up; calls up

Definition of call up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to summon together (as for a united effort) call up all his forces for the attack
2 : to bring to mind : evoke
3 : to summon before an authority
4a : to summon for active military duty
b : to bring up from a minor league to a major league baseball team
5 : to bring forward for consideration or action
6 : to retrieve from the memory of a computer especially for display and user interaction

First Known Use of call-up


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Call-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of call-up

: a decision to bring an athlete to play in a higher league
: a player who is brought up to a higher league
: an order telling someone to report for military service

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