call upon

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call upon (someone)

1. To choose, request, obligate, order, or demand someone to do something. Yesterday the president called upon world leaders everywhere to promote open and fair trade between countries. He was called upon to give testimony in court.
2. To visit someone. I went to the East Coast last week to call upon my aunt.
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call upon

v.
1. To order or require someone to do something: I call upon you to tell the truth.
2. To make a demand or a series of demands on something: Social institutions are often called upon to assist the poor.
3. To visit someone: I called upon an old friend when I was in New York.
4. To make use of some resource; draw on something: I knew the task would call upon my every resource.
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References in classic literature ?
Nor did they omit to call upon us to admire the natural loveliness of their own abode, and the lavish abundance with which it produced all manner of luxuriant fruits; exalting it in this particular above any of the surrounding valleys.
Knightley, to come out at this late hour to call upon us. I am afraid you must have had a shocking walk."
Kit--for it happens at this juncture, not only that we have breathing time to follow his fortunes, but that the necessities of these adventures so adapt themselves to our ease and inclination as to call upon us imperatively to pursue the track we most desire to take--Kit, while the matters treated of in the last fifteen chapters were yet in progress, was, as the reader may suppose, gradually familiarising himself more and more with Mr and Mrs Garland, Mr Abel, the pony, and Barbara, and gradually coming to consider them one and all as his particular private friends, and Abel Cottage, Finchley, as his own proper home.
Copperfield's letter, will perhaps call upon us. When visiting is better for the happiness of all parties, we are glad to receive visits, and return them.
Woodcourt, and a lady call upon us in Cook's Court, Cursitor Street, at the present hour.
Your Majesties, Highnesses, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, This summit convenes in these blessed days, as our Arab Ummah faces many challenges that call upon us all to intensify our work and step up coordination to unite Arab ranks and strengthen joint Arab action to confront the dangers that surround our nation.
These matters call upon us to be more united and determined to build a better tomorrow in order to achieve the hopes and aspirations of our peoples, prevent the interference of the states and external parties in the affairs of the region, the imposition of foreign agendas contrary to the Charter of the United Nations, norms of the international law and human rights and the spread of chaos, ignorance, exclusion and marginalization.
If we see Nevruz as a call upon us to for a more responsible attitude towards nature and Mother Earth, we will be able to unite in greater solidarity with eachother.
Our country's values call upon us all to be law abiding, respectful, hardworking and responsible.
"I believe that the times call upon us to take action, and I believe that if we work together we can shape both the place and the times in which we live.
Companies, executives, public officials, and AmLaw 100 law firms call upon us to represent them in high stakes matters because we make their problems our problems to solve.
"The rich Islamic history and our prayers five time a day call upon us to establish unity in order to develop brotherhood, which is the key to our success in the life here and hereafter," he said.
"There is no other choice, if the Libyan people are in agreement and call upon us," the President said in the interview recorded in Cairo upon signature of a major arms contract with France.
"These events also call upon us to let people exercise their sovereignty and end the transitional phase," he added at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.
The unique cultural and historical linkages with similarities in developmental challenges call upon us to intensify our bilateral cooperation and work for the betterment and development of our two neighbouring countries," the Indian Foreign Secretary said.