set up

set up


Definition of SET UP

transitive verb
a :  to raise to and place in a high position
b :  to place in view :  post
c :  to put forward (as a plan) for acceptance
a :  to place upright :  erect <set up a statue>
b :  to assemble the parts of and erect in position
c :  to put (a machine) in readiness or adjustment for an operation
a :  cause, create <set up a clamor>
b :  bring about
:  to place in power or in office <set up the general as dictator>
a :  to raise from depression :  elate, gratify
b :  to make proud or vain
a :  to put forward or extol as a model
b :  to claim oneself to be <sets himself up as an authority>
a :  to provide with means of making a living <set him up in business>
b :  to bring or restore to normal health
c :  to cause (one) to take on a soldierly or athletic appearance especially through drill
:  to erect (a perpendicular or a figure) on a base in a drawing
a :  to make taut (a stay or hawser)
b :  to tighten firmly
:  to make carefully worked out plans for <set up a bank robbery>
a :  to pay for (drinks)
b :  to treat (someone) to something
a :  to put in a compromising or dangerous position usually by trickery or deceit
b :  frame 3
:  to execute one or more plays in preparation for scoring
intransitive verb
:  to come into active operation or use
:  to begin business
:  to make pretensions <has never set up to be a wise man — Thomas Rogers>
:  to become firm
set up housekeeping
:  to establish one's living quarters
set up shop
:  to establish one's business

Examples of SET UP

  1. <set up tables in the living room for the party>
  2. <set up a scholarship fund for deserving students from the inner city>

First Known Use of SET UP

13th century


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