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

Noun 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 Coach Juwan Howard wasn't afraid to go to a smaller lineup that featured Smith, Brooks, Wagner, Livers and Terrance Williams. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball looks potent in season-opening win, 96-82, over Bowling Green," 25 Nov. 2020 The second-year head coach says choosing a lineup requires taking a little bit of everything into consideration. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "FC Dallas draws familiar playoff opponent in Seattle Sounders; Luchi Gonzalez pays tribute to Diego Maradona," 25 Nov. 2020 Now Gasol is on the inside for the Lakers, the team that drafted him and later dealt him for his brother, Pau, to help the club form a lineup that would win back-to-back titles. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Marc Gasol knows exactly why he’ll fit in with LeBron James and the Lakers," 25 Nov. 2020 The Cowboys powered their best running game of the season, a two-turnover defensive performance and a slowly stabilizing offensive lineup to at last win a football game without Dak Prescott. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys find finishing touch vs. Vikings, push back into NFC East picture," 23 Nov. 2020 From now through the rest of Cyber Week, Sephora's Black Friday Preview will feature a lineup of deals that will refresh on a daily basis. Karina Hoshikawa,, "50% Off Pat McGrath, Fenty Beauty, & More Sephora Black Friday Scores," 23 Nov. 2020 Even when Carlos and Jansson are healthy, coach Oscar Pareja often brings in additional defenders to finish games, switching to a five-back lineup to hunker down and preserve the lead. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City’s Rodrigo Schlegel soaks in moment as club hero," 21 Nov. 2020 The coming months, however, present a new lineup of problems. Washington Post, "‘Can’t eat a gift card’: Rural food banks fight to put turkeys on the table," 20 Nov. 2020 As for the relative newcomers to this annual programming onslaught, streaming services -- some of which didn't even exist last Christmas -- have also gotten into the act, with a lineup of original movies and series intended to woo subscribers. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Move over, Rudolph: Streaming adds to the flood of holiday specials," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Our best option seemed to be an urgent care clinic that offered rapid testing, where patients would line up before opening to snag one of the 25 daily test allotments. Sarah Feldberg,, "I traveled across the country during the pandemic. UCSF experts weigh in on what I did right and wrong," 12 Nov. 2020 There is growing doubt about if this team can line up and win one snap after another from one Saturday to the next. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Someone needs to tell Jim Harbaugh that Michigan football just isn't that good," 8 Nov. 2020 As the world’s leaders line up to prepare to work with the US on climate change—starting when Biden takes the oath of office on Jan. 20—those who care about the climate expect a term like no other. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The world is ready to support Joe Biden on climate change," 7 Nov. 2020 The Dolphins may depend on their tight ends to line up as a H-back to help with blocking during the game. Safid Deen,, "While Tua starts, another Dolphins rookie could make his debut on offense vs. Rams," 1 Nov. 2020 Officials said the closure, which will remain in effect through Nov. 16, is necessary because the DMV is located in City Hall, next to where voters line up. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Richfield DMV closes so City Hall can serve droves of early voters," 27 Oct. 2020 Odell goes out early, and those guys have to know where to line up. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski discusses Week 7 win against the Bengals in conference call: Transcript," 25 Oct. 2020 Football players come to Memorial Stadium, head upstairs to the outdoor concourse near where fans would normally line up to buy hot dogs, and stick a swab deep into their own nostrils. John Branch, New York Times, "At Cal, a Covid Survivor Keeps Watch Over Football’s Return," 14 Oct. 2020 Publix will continue to have social distancing floor markers 6 feet apart at checkout and other areas where people line up. Austin Fuller,, "Publix eliminates one-way aisle arrows as a coronavirus rule," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Lineup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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