Definition of dial up (or dial something up) in English:

dial up (or dial something up)

phrasal verb

  • Access a computer system or service remotely via a telephone line.

    ‘dialling up each time we want to use the Internet will become a thing of the past’
    ‘people do not have to pay for phone line calls every time they dial up to the internet’
    ‘plans to enable customers to dial up videos from their living room’
    • ‘It is always-on and connected, eliminating the need to dial up for access, and connect and disconnect from the internet.’
    • ‘Because the personal computer at home is permanently connected, there is no need to dial up for access.’
    • ‘I decided to dial up the new series, and much to my surprise, found myself hooked in a very short time, albeit confused from the outset because I hadn't seen the three hour miniseries.’
    • ‘While most people used to dial up to their ISP for limited amounts of time, now many are online 24/7, thanks to their broadband Net connection.’
    • ‘You will not be able to change your password unless you have dialed up to the network and are connected.’
    • ‘Those which had firewall virus protection on their systems had beaten away the bug, but those without found their systems spontaneously rebooting every time they dialled up the Internet.’
    • ‘Those bringing laptops may plug in and dial up to their usual ISPs.’
    • ‘Valley geeks were already hopping onto Wi-Fi hotspots and playing with "smart" phones, but most people were still dialling up to connect to the internet and using mobile phones only for talking.’
    • ‘I never dial up to listen to my voice messages.’
    • ‘The company's traffic comes largely from its 22.2 million subs, who see the portal whenever they dial up.’