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 In his place, fellow Frenchman Clement Lenglet will likely continue to line up alongside Gerard Pique, whilst 19-year-old Jean-Clair Todibo could also be handed opportunities to impress in Ernesto Valverde's side., "Barcelona Confirm Samuel Umtiti Injury Diagnosis Following Withdrawl From France Duty," 13 Sep. 2019 Buttigieg, 38, has similarly sought to avoid lining up with either ideological bloc and has not been able to sustain any real growth in the polls with his generational case., "“I know the senator says she’s with Bernie — well, I’m for Barack,” Biden jabbed, attacking the cost of a single-payer program: “How are we going to pay for it?”," 13 Sep. 2019 People will start lining up hours before the doors open Friday morning. John Kelly, Washington Post, "This McLean used book sale turns 50 this year. It features very D.C. titles.," 11 Sep. 2019 More than 5,000 people are expected to line up to buy original artworks, each for $100 or less, at this juried show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the grounds at 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, from the Tomato Romp to Harbor Fest," 5 Sep. 2019 The makeup of the jacket Avengers seems to line up with Marvel's current plans. Rosie Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, "Who Will Be in Marvel's Next Avengers Team?," 31 Aug. 2019 The crucial legislation has to line up financial resources worth more than $25 billion to avert a massive sales tax hike that could plunge Italy into a new recession. NBC News, "Salvini's power grab backfires as Italy inches toward new government," 29 Aug. 2019 Her campaign also failed to line up key supporters in New York, such as party officials and members of Congress. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "How Kirsten Gillibrand’s Presidential Dreams Unraveled," 29 Aug. 2019 Players to watch: Record-setting RB Dorian Richardson has graduated, but the Longhorns still plan to line up and knock opponents off the ball. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Valley League prep football preview," 17 Aug. 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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