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


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

And with this seasonal change comes a new month and a brand-new lineup of films and TV shows to stream on Netflix. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Everything Coming to Netflix in March," 21 Feb. 2019 On the day when Abloh unveils his new Michael Jackson-themed lineup for LV, one has to wonder how and why this personal obsession of his came to be. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Virgil Abloh, Michael Jackson, and the History of the Male Fashion Harness," 17 Jan. 2019 The new lineup of MacBooks haven’t lived up to the Air’s pedigree. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The stakes for the new MacBook are much higher than for the iPad," 30 Oct. 2018 Tech Review: The $750 middle child of Apple’s confusing new lineup is the best-value iPhone in years. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "IPhone XR: The best $250 you ever saved on a new phone," 23 Oct. 2018 Scroll through to see our picks, and get ready to add an entire new lineup to your makeup bag... and to your Netflix queue. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Best Fall Lipsticks Based on Your Favorite High School Rom Coms," 5 Sep. 2018 This year’s lineup includes 45 first time filmmakers. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "Sundance Film Festival unveils 2019 feature film slate," 28 Nov. 2018 The diamond authority’s lineup of guests included Kim Kardashian West, Zoë Kravitz, Priyanka Chopra, and Mary J. Blige. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Kim Kardashian West Celebrate Tiffany & Co.’s Newest Collection," 10 Oct. 2018 Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show followed close behind with 12 plus size models and Christian Siriano’s lineup included eight. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "New York Fashion Week 2018 Was the Most Diverse Ever," 26 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fans line the path to the church in the hopes of seeing their favorite royal, and children line up after the service to give flowers to the Queen. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Travels to Sandringham for Christmas in Stylish Winter Outfit," 20 Dec. 2018 Polli says Pymetrics uses algorithms to predict whether someone’s skills line up with a particular job by comparing their answers with those given by a company’s top performers. Malaika Jabali, Glamour, "'Hiring Bots' Might Be Responsible For You Getting Your Dream Job—Here’s How to Use Them to Your Advantage," 22 Oct. 2018 While that deal was pending, prosecutors said Pam lined up a Quincy real estate investor to buy the home from Deangelo for $232,000 in cash. Laura Crimaldi,, "Pam family members go on trial for allegedly scamming elderly siblings out of Mattapan home," 13 July 2018 England lines up from 35 yards in the center for a free kick; their targets are arrayed across the 18. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 But McConnell apparently believes that all 49 Democrats, even the ones facing tough elections in red states, will line up against a prospective pick, and wants to leave nothing to chance. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Countdown: Who’s Got the Inside Track?," 8 July 2018 Lease change backed Amy Pechacek, deputy director of county administrative services, acknowledged the 2013 lease doesn't line up with the museum's long-term goal of moving out. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Museum officials seek changes in county lease to aid move to new home," 6 July 2018 One of the real tragedies right now is that the two parties have lined up along the lines of the robust basic energy sources vs. renewables. Justin Worland, Time, "Historian Richard Rhodes on Nuclear Energy and Climate Change," 4 June 2018 The resulting strong, slightly sweet IPA is so popular that fans line up for its release each February. William Bostwick, WSJ, "The Taste of Winter, Brewed and Bottled," 21 Feb. 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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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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