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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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Even some anti-war activists say the digital draft system is a rational step that would limit the social trauma of conscription and mobilization by clearly identifying those who are subject to call-up and letting everyone else breathe easy. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2023 With Michael Brantley shut down indefinitely due to shoulder inflammation, Gilbert is a name to pay attention to as a potential September call-up when major league rosters expand. James Mueller, Chron, 15 May 2023 Another note from the G League Elite camp that could impact Auburn’s roster restructuring was that Vanderbilt wing Tyrin Lawrence was not among the call-ups to the NBA Draft Combine. Tom Green |, al, 15 May 2023 LouCity's Josh Wynder gets World Cup call-up A month after he was called up to the United States men's national team for a friendly against Mexico, Louisville City FC star defender Joshua Wynder will become the second Kentuckian ever to play for Team USA in a World Cup. Jake Adams, The Courier-Journal, 14 May 2023 Ben Lively received a call-up from Triple-A, pitched in his first MLB game in four years and threw three scoreless innings. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 13 May 2023 Since 2020, Amaya had started only 32 minor-league games before earning his first big-league call-up. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2023 But the campaign has been held back by muddy conditions and military failings, despite Moscow’s call-up of hundreds of thousands of reservists and Wagner’s widespread use of ex-convicts. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 7 May 2023 Playing in Triple-A offers the hope — for some, a fleeting one — of a big league call-up. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2023
The next season, Dahl got called up to the big leagues after hitting .484 with five home runs in 16 games for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. Mark Inabinett |, al, 5 Apr. 2023 Vavra was called up in late July, and Henderson’s debut came a month later. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 1 Apr. 2023 Lawmakers then face a May 10 deadline to call up any of those proposals to feature on the Constitutional Convention calendar for this session. Sam Doran,, 28 Mar. 2023 Robinson, who missed the World Cup with a torn Achilles, is the only MLS player who was called up. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 Gunnar Henderson, the club’s top prospect and the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball, was called up down the stretch and impressed during his short stint. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2023 From the day he was called up for practice, on April 10, McAvoy shattered the learning curve. Globe Staff,, 29 Mar. 2023 Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith were all called up to USWNT for two friendly matches against Ireland on April 8 and 11. oregonlive, 28 Mar. 2023 Lletget was called up to play on the team again in 2021 for the Concacaf Gold Cup, and the team took home the trophy. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 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 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an order to report for military service

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