Meaning of “dial-up” in the English Dictionary

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dial up

phrasal verb with dial uk /daɪəl/ us 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.


uk /ˈdaɪəlʌp/ us also dial-in

COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET using a phone line rather than a cable or wireless connection:

dial-up networking
You will need a computer with internet access, either dial-up or broadband.

(Definition of “dial up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)