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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On the other hand, fingers crossed Rachel’s meaty trifle is left out of the lineup! Hannah Chubb,, "You Can Now Take a Thanksgiving-themed Friends Tour — Complete with Turkey Dinner!," 12 Sep. 2019 However, the Jaguars (1-2) are expected to get wide receiver Jalen Wayne (broken foot) back this week, and might have linebacker Patrick Rosette (broken hand) back in the lineup as well. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Steve Campbell addresses South Alabama QB situation, injuries & new holder heading into UAB week," 16 Sep. 2019 Christian Colón was on-deck to pinch-hit for Gausman if his spot in the lineup came up in the top of the second inning. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds officially eliminated from the postseason after loss to Chicago Cubs," 16 Sep. 2019 He was listed as a potential starter on Friday’s depth chart, though Austin Mack remained in the lineup. Nathan Baird,, "Ohio State football takes dominance on the road to Indiana in 51-10 victory," 14 Sep. 2019 The streaming service just unveiled its full lineup for the upcoming spooky season — with tons of original films and TV shows to tide you over until Oct. 31. Helen Murphy,, "Spooky! See Netflix's Lineup of Original Halloween Movies and Shows," 13 Sep. 2019 Nomar Mazara, back in lineup after missing seven games with a strained left oblique muscle, had an RBI single to tie the game at 2-all. Stephen Hawkins,, "Odor’s HR pushes Texas past AL wild-card-leading Rays 10-9," 12 Sep. 2019 Actually, the stranger is not anywhere in the lineup. CBS News, "How faulty eyewitness testimony can lead to wrongful convictions," 9 Sep. 2019 Yajaira Calderon and Burbank High grad Jaime Levin are key additions to the team and will rotate at the second or third spots Also added is Pheobe’s sister Lydia Forsyth, also a Burbank High graduate, who will occupy the fourth spot in the lineup. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Cross-Country Season Preview: Glendale college strives for continued conference success," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With Brown absent for much of training camp, Nelson, the speedy 5-foot-10 receiver signed as a free agent from Arizona, often lined up in his place. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ offense forced to adjust for season opener without Antonio Brown," 8 Sep. 2019 Across much of the state, residents picked the shelves clean of bottled water and lined up at gas stations Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency, clearing the way to bring in more fuel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Florida preps for ‘absolute monster’ of a storm," 30 Aug. 2019 Jones next has a number of movie projects lined up and a comedy special with Netflix. Sandra Gonzalez And Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "Leslie Jones leaving 'SNL'," 27 Aug. 2019 Tour buses lined up like train cars along the ridge. Dan Baum, Harper's magazine, "Happiness Is a Worn Gun," 22 Aug. 2019 This becomes strikingly clear when the economics don’t line up. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Census officials couldn’t offer a detailed explanation, saying only that their household income measure includes a variety of pre-tax cash income, and sometimes the total number doesn’t line up with employment earnings trends. Los Angeles Times, "Poverty declines, but more are uninsured and household income is at a standstill, census data show," 10 Sep. 2019 Big stops and scoring drives didn't consistently line up. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "3 reasons: It was far from perfect, but IU opens season with win over Ball State," 31 Aug. 2019 The NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule couldn’t line up much better for Austin Cindric. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Austin Cindric carries momentum into the track where his Xfinity Series career began," 23 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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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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