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

call up

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called up; calling up; calls up

transitive verb

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

Examples of call-up in a Sentence

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Harmon worked out for the Ravens during training camp and the 32-year-old, who was born in Delaware and starred at Caesar Rodney High School, gives them a veteran option along with practice squad call-up Daryl Worley in a secondary that has been depleted by injuries. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2023 The timing of his call-up isn’t lost on Crow-Armstrong with 18 games left in the regular season. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 After the game resumed, call-up Nick Robertson pitched a perfect ninth. Alex Speier,, 10 Sep. 2023 Fellow rookies Emmet Sheehan and Gavin Stone have made strides after struggling in their initial call-ups. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 So has sophomore Reese Jordan, a junior varsity call-up who caught the coaching staff’s eye with her strong play at forward. Shane Hoffmann | , oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2023 Dodgers call-ups Friday reportedly will be second baseman Kolten Wong and pitcher Emmitt Sheehan. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 The call-ups should have less impact on FC Cincinnati than past ones in 2023 as FC Cincinnati won't play until Sept. 16 following Saturday's home game against Orlando City SC at TQL Stadium. The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2023 How does the communication go between you and Chris Young or whoever else is involved on when a player is ready to get the call-up to the big league club? Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023
Also, Johnson was called up before the council to answer questions. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Jenni Hermoso was not called up to join Spain's women's national football team roster for upcoming matches against Sweden and Switzerland. Nikki Dobrin, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 Acquired in a trade deadline deal from the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 1, the right-hander got called up on Sept. 1. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Reyes was recently called up to the Mexico women’s national team ahead of their Gold Cup-qualifying matches on Sept. 22 and 26. oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 That streak began shortly before the Orioles called up catching phenom Adley Rutschman, who as a College World Series Most Outstanding Player is perhaps the only youngster on the club’s roster who has played in games with more significance than Thursday’s. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2023 The Yankees called up righthander Zach McAllister from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Julian McWilliams,, 12 Sep. 2023 Not with 23 games remaining and trailing in the wild card race by a half game. To replace García on the roster, the Rangers will call up the organization’s top prospect, Evan Carter. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 When Jimmy gets called up to coach the high school team, Mike steps in to coach for Jimmy. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of call-up was in 1523

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“Call-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an order to report for military service

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