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 Without Williamson in the lineup, the Pelicans have lost six of their first seven games, giving them the worst record in the Western Conference. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson urges Pelicans fans to stay positive, has no timetable for return," 7 Nov. 2019 In a season already defined by ever-changing lineups, one Warriors newcomer — forward Alen Smailagic — has yet to make his debut. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors eagerly await Alen Smailagic’s NBA debut," 4 Nov. 2019 Ritchie was back in the Boston lineup, and riding a line with Bjork and pivot Coyle against the Pens., "Hughes became the first Black-and-Gold player this season to play in his first NHL game.," 4 Nov. 2019 The Vikings, though, will have Adam Thielen back in the lineup, testing his sore hamstring against the baby-soft Chiefs pass defense. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 9: Last-minute moves," 3 Nov. 2019 Until Potter is eligible to play Gard likely will go with a smaller lineup, featuring Reuvers (6-foot-11 and 235 pounds) and Aleem Ford (6-8 and 217) in the frontcourt. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's No. 1 task for 2019-20: Thrive despite the absence of Ethan Happ," 2 Nov. 2019 Library lineup: Here are some upcoming programs at the Strongsville Library: • Ohio Means Jobs is on site from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Strongsville Rotary forum to address human trafficking: Strong Points," 1 Nov. 2019 Getting him past the Astros' lineup, the best in baseball this season, would not be as easy. Author: Dave Sheinin, Anchorage Daily News, "Nationals win first World Series title, storming back on Astros in Game 7," 31 Oct. 2019 As long as Bjornfot, one of the team’s first-round picks this summer, could keep himself in the lineup, his development was best served with the Kings’ roster. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings assign first-round pick Tobias Bjornfot to AHL affiliate Ontario," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For weeks, Republicans have complained about the impeachment process, while Democrats have lined up to support it. The Economist, "The Ukraine affair The new politics of Donald Trump’s impeachment," 10 Nov. 2019 But as supporters lined up for President Donald Trump’s election-eve rally for Gov. Matt Bevin, the Trump faithful were far more interested in talking impeachment than Bevin. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Trump in Kentucky: Protesters and Trump supporters trade insults, talk impeachment debate," 4 Nov. 2019 As Baltimore lined up for a field goal try, Shilique Calhoun jumped into the neutral zone to give the Ravens a first down. oregonlive, "New England Patriots no longer undefeated after losing to the Baltimore Ravens: Recap, score, stats and more," 3 Nov. 2019 As Baltimore lined up for a field goal try, Shilique Calhoun jumped into the neutral zone to give the Ravens a first down. David Ginsburg,, "Ravens solve Patriots’ defense, hand New England first loss," 3 Nov. 2019 Manchester City are reported to be hot on the heels of young Romanian star Florinel Coman as Europe's top clubs line up to secure his signature., "Manchester City Leading Chase for Romanian Youngster Compared to Kylian Mbappe," 1 Nov. 2019 Two-time Pro Bowler DeMarcus Lawrence has started this season at left end, while Quinn — whom Dallas acquired in March from Miami — has lined up right. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "‘Somebody got to get a sack’: Cowboys assess ex-Patriot Michael Bennett’s first day in Dallas," 29 Oct. 2019 One dollar of every ticket sold to the producer’s inaugural Second Sky Festival went to the Robinson Malawi Fund, while fans also lined up to make donations at an on-site booth. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Top 10 Do-Gooding DJs: Bassnectar, Griz, Ida Engberg and More," 23 Oct. 2019 The first two episodes do a nice job taunting us with the spectral Lucy while lining up the human suspects. Tom Gliatto,, "Nancy Drew Review: Spooky Series Caters to Fans of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 9 Oct. 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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11 Nov 2019

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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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