Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dial up”

dial up

phrasal verb with dial
 
 
/daɪəl/ verb [I or T] ( UK -ll-, US -l-)
[I or T] COMMUNICATIONS to call a telephone number: I dialled up the answering service and found two messages. Someone had found his office number on an internet phone directory and dialed him up.
[I or T] INTERNET, COMMUNICATIONS to connect to a network or to the internet using a dial-up modem: The broadband connection is always on, so there's no need to dial up any more.
(Definition of dial up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dial up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “dial up”

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More