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 After missing one game as a precautionary measure with lower back tightness, Poeltl returned to the Spurs’ starting lineup against Phoenix. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Jan. 2022 Our book club’s starting lineup for 2022 kicks off with three distinctive, powerful women whose books promise absorbing reading and fascinating discussions in the weeks ahead. Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022 El Ellis started in the backcourt Wednesday, replacing Noah Locke in Louisville’s starting lineup. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 13 Jan. 2022 The team has the NBA’s youngest starting lineup when Okoro starts. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2022 Initially listed in the team’s starting lineup, the Baltimore resident was replaced by sophomore and Marist transfer Hakim Byrd and sat on the bench in street clothes for the duration of the game. Edward Lee,, 8 Jan. 2022 But about a week before their first preseason game, the Browns replaced Coleman in their projected starting lineup. Mark Inabinett |, al, 4 Jan. 2022 Does that make sense, especially when that starting lineup is the youngest in the NBA? Terry Pluto, cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 In Porter’s absence, Green has become an indispensable part of the Nuggets’ starting lineup. Joel Rush, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Parents, accustomed to the misery of trying to hold down their jobs in a pandemic, scrambled yet again — to track down COVID tests, line up child care, keep sick kids comfortable and away from others. Yvonne Abraham,, 7 Jan. 2022 All participating vehicles for the parade will register and line up at Middletown High School, 200 La Rosa Lane, and will dash-off at 6:30 p.m., 9 Dec. 2021 When the priority is pass protection, Taylor has Sample or Uzomah line up in the backfield and block. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 2 Dec. 2021 Music fans will appreciate that some of the pieces line up with Dylan's most famous songs. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2021 Based on the way Rhodes has played this season, expect the Bills to line up its All-Pro-caliber receiver, Stefon Diggs, against Rhodes as much as possible. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Nov. 2021 Lack of access to dental care has become so severe that seniors line up by the hundreds at charity clinics, like those held by Remote Area Medical. Wendell Potter, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2021 Tight end George Kittle was asked about watching Samuel line up at running back in practice. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2021 Hannity said Omarova's positions in fact line up with Biden's own stated beliefs, pointing to an exchange between the Delaware Democrat and a supporter at a Peterborough, N.H., campaign stop. Fox News, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2022

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“Lineup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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