call on/upon


call on/upon
call on/upon [phrasal verb]
1 call on/upon (someone or something) : to ask (someone or something) to do something : to say that someone or something should do something
— followed by to + verb

The opposition has called on/upon the governor to resign. [=the opposition has said that the governor should resign]

You may be called upon to do several jobs.

Universities are called upon to produce trained professionals. [=it is the job of universities to produce trained professionals]

2 call on/upon (someone) : to ask for help from (someone)

Is there anyone you can call on in an emergency?

3 call on/upon (something) : to use (something, such as a talent or skill)

She had to call on/upon all her reserves of strength and skill to meet the challenge.

4 call on (someone) : to ask for a response from (someone, such as a student)

I was hoping the teacher wouldn't call on me, because I didn't know the answer.

5 call on (someone) : to make a brief visit to (someone)

I'm planning to call on an old friend after I leave here.

6 call (someone) on (something) US, informal : to directly criticize (someone) for (something, such as bad behavior)

He's incredibly rude, but no one ever calls him on it. [=no one ever tells him that he should stop being so rude]

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Main Entry:call

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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