line·up | \ ˈlī-ˌnəp \

Definition of lineup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a list of players taking part in a game (as of baseball) the starting lineup

b : the players on such a list

2a : an alignment (as in entertainment or politics) of persons or things having a common purpose, distinction, or bond the show's star-studded lineup

b : line sense 11 the new lineup of fall fashions

c : a television programming schedule tonight's lineup of programs

3 : a line of persons arranged especially for inspection or for identification by police was asked to pick her attacker out of a lineup

line up


Definition of line up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to assume an orderly linear arrangement line up for inspection

2 : to align oneself he lined up with the liberals against the bill

transitive verb

1 : to put into alignment

2 : to arrange for line up support for a candidate

Examples of lineup in a Sentence


The team has a powerful lineup. The networks all had different lineups for the new season. She was asked to pick her attacker out of a lineup.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

First baseman Steve Pearce, who left Thursday’s game with a left shin contusion after being hit with a 94-mile-per-hour fastball from J.A. Happ, was out of the lineup Friday. Julian Benbow,, "Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on bereavement leave," 13 July 2018 Phase one of the lineup has been announced, with headliners representing all corners of the dance music sound from around the world, RESISTANCE stage included. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Ultra Japan 2018 Lineup: Zedd, Axwell & Ingrosso, DJ Snake & More," 12 July 2018 Since forming in 1998, Hillsong United — a band of worship leaders that rotate in and out of the lineup — has released five studio albums, all of which have peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s US Christian Albums chart. Stephanie Petit,, "Inside Hillsong: All About the Church That's Attracted the Likes of Justin Bieber and Chris Pratt," 9 July 2018 Of course, Hamilton wants to reach his goal of hitting at the top of the lineup. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton showing offensive improvement, working toward leadoff spot," 9 July 2018 How do area bands, solo artists and comedians become part of the lineup for KAABOO Del Mar, the largest annual festival in San Diego County? George Varga,, "KAABOO Discovery Tour show at Quartyard will feature Lindsay White, Desert Rhythm Project, Sweet Tooth, Sophia Dion," 8 July 2018 Starks, a first-team All-Sunset League selection, hit at the top of the lineup, posting a .439 batting average and a .492 on-base percentage during the regular season. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 Short hops Outfielder David Peralta is out of the lineup on Thursday and is taking a routine off-day, Lovullo said. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks place outfielder Jarrod Dyson on DL with 'lower core' injury," 5 July 2018 Shortstop JT Riddle was held out of the lineup on Thursday with tightness in left hip. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Martin Prado is back. Now can the Marlins' veteran third baseman avoid further injury?," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That certainly lines up with the ferocity of the protests against legislative efforts to repeal the A.C.A. in early 2017 — and with the comparison to the energy of anti-Obamacare forces in earlier years. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 So for now, as Jones and Walton deliberate their qualifying offers, the Heat still can line up an additional pair of two-way candidates. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Are Heat turning toward developmental mode?," 28 June 2018 In his hawkishness toward Moscow, Coats lines up with other members of Trump’s national security team, from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo., "Crossed signals on Russia show Trump untethered from advisers," 14 July 2018 Tony Rocha will line up on the wing after being used as an emergency centerback a few times this season. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik benched, lineup changes for Lions," 14 July 2018 Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel More than 60 Eder Flag Manufacturing Co. workers lined up on both sides of a really long table this week, their hands tenderly holding red, white and blue fabric. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-based Eder Flag repairs treasured American flag damaged in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 As hundreds of people across the country lined up for Build-A-Bear’s one-time-only Pay Your Age Day, The Krazy Coupon Lady made a heartwarming contribution on the special day. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Krazy Coupon Lady Uses Build-A-Bear's 'Pay Your Age' Sale to Gift Plushes to 100 Refugee Children," 12 July 2018 Ahead of Fox shareholders’ vote on the potential deal July 27, Comcast is also lining up possible RSN buyers, according to Reuters. Jacob Feldman,, "Five Potential Buyers for Fox's 22 Regional Sports Networks," 12 July 2018 People line up to file past the open, butternut-brown casket at the Smithsonian’s African American Museum, silently paying tribute. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Funeral for Emmett Till, lynched in 1955, unfolds every day in the nation’s capital," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of lineup


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1864, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lineup

: a list of the players who are playing in a game (such as baseball)

: the players on such a list

: a group of people who are going to perform at an event


line·up | \ ˈlīn-ˌəp \

Kids Definition of lineup

1 : a list of players taking part in a game (as baseball)

2 : a row of persons arranged especially for police identification



Legal Definition of lineup 

: a line of persons assembled by police especially for possible identification of a suspect by a witness to a crime — compare showup

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