line·​up | \ ˈlī-ˌnəp How to pronounce lineup (audio) \

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

lined up; lining up; lines 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

While there a few Marvel Studios gems in this lineup, it should be noted that a great deal of Netflix's Marvel movie offerings are animated (sorry!). Ariana Brockington,, "Every Marvel Movie That's Still On Netflix This Summer," 5 July 2019 Dallas will have Kristaps Porzingis in the lineup for the first time since trading for him back in January, and found Luka Dončić a scoring complement in Seth Curry. Rob Mahoney,, "Every Game in the West Will Mean More in the Post-Warriors Era," 3 July 2019 Glacier View Fourth of July — Vehicles and other means of transportation will be launched into the sky — this year promises a Cadillac stretch limo and a boat will be in the lineup. Anchorage Daily News, "Independence Day 2019 events around Alaska," 3 July 2019 Other bands in the lineup include Vitamin B3 Blues Band, Sue Rivard & Ken Tosi Rock Duo, Kathy Thompson Band and Coyote River Band., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 3 July 2019 Tacos are only part of the equation at Bandido, with burritos given equal, if not more, weight in the lineup. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Gurriel was not in the lineup for the finale of the three-game series against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Yuli Gurriel out of Astros lineup for rest," 30 June 2019 The IronBirds had seven hits, four combined by the bottom two guys in the lineup. Randy Mcroberts,, "Aberdeen snaps skid, blanks Tri-City, 3-0," 29 June 2019 Hitting catchers The Padres on Wednesday took advantage of getting both their catchers in the lineup. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Throttling back with Stammen; hoping Strahm steps on it; Mejia, Hedges both in lineup," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A few yards away, dozens of visitors lined up to climb the iconic black-and-white striped beacon while tickets were free for the day. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 Visitors to the museum get a short video introduction and then are asked to sit on one of seven colorful, non-functional toilets lined up against the wall. Washington Post, "Even poop is cute at Japanese museum that encourages play," 6 July 2019 Several buses lined up waiting for boarding passengers in front of her. Martin E. Comas,, "Seminole talks to Lynx, Jai-Alai fronton owner about moving busy bus stop to make way for redevelopment," 5 July 2019 Regardless, a steady stream of visitors lined up to see the bus and to ask Paashaus for advice about creating their own. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at forefront of the movement.," 5 July 2019 Underneath them, in a nearby train station, hordes of fans lined up in front of a face-painting station, adding splashes of color to their cheeks despite the 90-plus degree heat. Ashley Scoby, Pro Soccer USA, "U.S., France atmosphere lives up to hype in World Cup prize fight," 29 June 2019 Unlike teams lining up to chase a franchise-changer this month, the Spurs will begin Sunday over the NBA’s salary cap. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs set for quiet start to free agency," 29 June 2019 All four teams lined up with a shot at the championship with an end-of-season playoff. Emmett Hall,, "Blue Bombers upset Black Outs to take Coral Ridge Presbyterian Softball championship," 27 June 2019 The project could have hit umpteen stumbling blocks, Runkel said, but has been progressing smoothly with key players lining up to support the carts’ move – or at least not stand in their way., "Portland officials have a plan to save the Alder Street food cart pod," 24 June 2019

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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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The first known use of lineup was in 1864

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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 How to pronounce lineup (audio) \

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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