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

Sam Timmins returned to the starting lineup Tuesday and finished with four rebounds, three blocks and three turnovers in 11:31 minutes. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from UW Huskies’ 83-59 win over Eastern Washington," 28 Nov. 2018 The worst 10 hitters: Kemp was voted into the starting lineup, and deservedly so. Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: Are the Dodgers really bad at hitting with runners in scoring position?," 9 July 2018 Their latest Hearth and Hand with Magnolia collection, which is devoted entirely to Christmas, drops in Target stores and online Thursday, November 1—but REDcard members can shop the new lineup right now. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Shop Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Target Christmas Collection Before Everyone Else," 29 Oct. 2018 With just a few weeks left until Moschino x H&M hits stores, the collaboration made its runway debut last night with an all-star model lineup in New York. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Epically Closed the Moschino x H&M Runway," 25 Oct. 2018 Prepare for the most wonderful time of the year with Hallmark's annual Christmas movie lineup! Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Mark Your Calendars for Hallmark's 2018 Christmas Movies," 21 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately though, not everyone was equally thrilled about the lineup. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The New 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Is Sparking A LOT of Drama," 12 Sep. 2018 Right now, Danny Duffy is the only rotation member left standing from the opening day lineup the Royals assembled. Maria Torres, kansascity, "The Royals’ rotation is falling apart. They may have found hope in another Rule 5 get," 11 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Inside the presidential mansion and office, visitors lined up to tour the empty presidential quarters, including vast walk-in wooden closets, the state-of-the-art white kitchen and huge bedrooms overlooking shady gardens. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Mexico’s Presidential House Opened to Public," 1 Dec. 2018 Apple has lined up another partnership to boost its video-content offerings. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple inks deal with Ex Machina-maker A24 studio to create original films," 15 Nov. 2018 One morning in March, a dozen female detainees from Turkey and Central Asia lined up outside a courtroom. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Throughout the evening, guests lined up for Miu Miu’s very own vending machine, which dispensed a deck of cards with the designer’s alphabet. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Miu Miu Introduces the Miu Miu Type Capsule Collection in Los Angeles," 14 Sep. 2018 The 26-year-old is supposedly being lined up by the Blues' prospective manager, Maurizio Sarri., "Italian Giants Inter Still Pursuing Tottenham Midfielder Despite Financial Pressure From UEFA," 11 July 2018 And that, in turn, helps explain why, at the end of the day, progressives are lining up behind Pelosi’s reelection and the intra-caucus opposition to her is led by a relatively small group of more conservative Democrats. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The time Nancy Pelosi saved Social Security," 21 Nov. 2018 But increasingly, researchers are realizing that people’s expectations for how their data might be used aren’t lining up with reality. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Treating ‘genetic privacy’ like it’s just one thing keeps us from understanding people’s concerns," 31 Oct. 2018 Try this toe-against-the-wall stretch: Keeping your heel on the floor, line up your big toe against a wall. SELF, "7 Ways to Treat Your Feet During Marathon Training," 13 Sep. 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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