line·up | \ˈlī-ˌnəp \

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


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

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi was restored to the starting lineup to patrol the left, teaming with N'Golo Kante in protecting the defense. John Leicester,, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018 Several exterior color choices also debut for the 2019 lineup — F8 Green, Destroyer Grey and Reactor Blue. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler calls 2019 Durango a 3-row SUV Dodge Charger," 12 July 2018 For the artist lineup, visit Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do this week in the western suburbs," 10 July 2018 The Padres haven't had much power at the plate this season, but Wil Myers' return to the lineup may change that soon. Kevin Acee,, "Padres try to find power balance," 9 July 2018 The shift, expected both for this fall’s lineup and next year’s, would hurt Samsung, the main supplier of a newer type of display used in the iPhone X that is called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Estimates Operating-Profit Growth at 5%, Short of Expectations," 5 July 2018 But a three-run deficit isn’t much these days for the Reds' lineup. Bobby Nightengale,, "Six-run inning, Billy Hamilton's arm hands Cincinnati Reds a series win over White Sox," 4 July 2018 This series will be a great test for the A’s mighty lineup, with the Indians trotting out Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber. Michael Beller,, "Max Scherzer, Freddie Freeman Among the First-Half Fantasy Baseball All-Stars," 2 July 2018 See below for the lineup, and check out for more information. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival Single-Day Tickets On Sale Now," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pullout leaves the isolated nation with about 1 year to line up a new source of medicines and diagnostics to combat a deepening TB crisis. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Major donor nixes effort to combat tuberculosis crisis in North Korea," 29 June 2018 Instead, the cause of the rashes is sea anemone larvae, which pass along the northeastern shores at different times each year, only occasionally lining up with swimming season. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018 Gadsby flips between moods and modes again and again, lining up jokes and then pushing them beyond the point of comfort. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Nanette Is a Radical, Transformative Work of Comedy," 27 June 2018 Arden, a 1,200-acre planned community that integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood, is currently under construction in Palm Beach County, and families are already lining up for their piece of the farm-to-table pie. Southern Living, "If You Care About Where Your Food Comes From, South Florida’s First “Agrihood” Could Be For You," 19 June 2018 Local bands, some who would also go onto fame, lined up to play at smaller venues like the Stone Pony. Asbury Park Press, "Read more from this Project," 15 June 2018 Folks eventually line up about a dozen people deep for the parade. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Your questions about Chicago Pride Fest and the Chicago Pride Parade, answered," 12 June 2018 The kitchen’s grilling bacon, lining up tortillas, getting ready for the doors to open. Mike Sutter, Bon Appetit, "On the Clock with Austin’s Most Beloved Waitress," 6 June 2018 Rajoy, 63, was ousted by a no-confidence vote in Parliament after the anti-establishment group Podemos and Catalan separatist groups lined up behind Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez. Fortune, "Spain's Prime Minister Was Just Ousted, Fueling Even More Uncertainty in Europe," 1 June 2018

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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 \

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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