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

The Warriors went with the five players who form the most influential lineup in league history. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Superstar Role Players Are Swinging the NBA Playoffs," 6 May 2019 The service’s entire lineup will cover five categories: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year," 14 Apr. 2019 He was replaced in the lineup by F Teddy Blueger, making his playoff debut. Vin A. Cherwoo, The Seattle Times, "Eberle, Bailey help Islanders beat Penguins 3-1 in Game 2," 13 Apr. 2019 Jenner was reportedly paid $250,000 to share a social media post announcing the festival lineup, which was supposed to include artists from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Responds to Her Fyre Festival Involvement for the First Time," 3 Apr. 2019 First, Jake hits the streets in New York to talk festival fashion, dream lineups, and best headliners, from Beyoncé to Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Winner of "The Voice" Brynn Cartelli Dishes On What It's Like to Be On Tour with Kelly Clarkson," 25 Mar. 2019 Like the rest of Nokia's lineup, the Nokia 9 runs a near-stock version of Android on its 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and 3,320mAh battery. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 Historically, the lineup of Victoria's Secret Angels hasn't been very racially diverse. Glamour, "Leomie Anderson Is the Newest Victoria’s Secret Angel," 4 Apr. 2019 This year’s lineup will be as diverse as ever, with local Texan acts like psychedelic trio Khruangbin to electronic music pioneer Annette Peacock taking the stage. Vogue, "Forget Coachella: These Far-Flung Alternatives Are Pushing Festival Style Forward," 9 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Teams are lining up to seize his old spot atop the East, all capable of providing the intrigue that was absent the last couple years. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Warriors start playoff road, without LeBron there at the end," 12 Apr. 2019 People of all ages will be lining up to see Disney’s Lion King, which comes to theatres July 19, 2019. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "The New 'Lion King' Trailer Introduces the Villainous Scar," 10 Apr. 2019 Hedge funds, wealthy individuals and family offices—as well as some large institutions—are lining up to buy shares that venture-capital firms, company employees and others are trying to cash out of. ... Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "IPO Hopes Trigger Scramble for Shares of Top Unicorns," 25 Jan. 2019 Likewise, area churches, restaurants, banks are lining up to help with planned events, including car washes and bake sales. Scott Springer,, "Springer: #StratmanStrong, Harrison community show the power of teamwork in preps sports," 21 June 2018 The dress style lines up perfectly with the colorful, upbeat look she's unveiled online recently (quite a departure from her Reputation era). Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore the Perfect Spring Dress, and It’s Available at Nordstrom," 22 Apr. 2019 Make sure the holes on either side of the toilet line up with the pivot mounts. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Toilet," 9 Apr. 2019 Docking the Future The Spirit of Hong Kong is finally wedged into the pier as crews line up the manifolds that connect to the pier’s oil pumps. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Inspect the photos of your prospective abode to see if your idea of neatness lines up with theirs, and read the reviews. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Secret to Scoring a Vacation Home That’s (Practically) Free," 11 Jan. 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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