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 The New York Mets have bolstered their lineup with three free-agent deals, adding speedy center fielder Starling Marte to go along with Mark Canha and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar. Mike Fitzpatrick, ajc, 27 Nov. 2021 While the Giants’ main offseason focus is on rebuilding their starting rotation, their lineup also features an apparent need. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Nov. 2021 Apple added several new iPads to its lineup this year, including the iPad 9th generation. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 26 Nov. 2021 Amazon is also offering plenty of discounts for its lineup of Fire tablets and Kindles. Brenda Stolyar, Wired, 26 Nov. 2021 But a 16-4 Yale run put the Bulldogs in front, 20-15, as the Panthers had hardly any contributions from their starting lineup. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2021 Ford is in the midst of an overhaul of its truck lineup, which starts with the new entry-level Maverick compact pickup and works all the way up each segment to the heavy-duty F-series trucks. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 24 Nov. 2021 You’d be forgiven for not knowing that the German automaker has a pickup truck in its lineup. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 24 Nov. 2021 Tarun Pathak, a research director at Counterpoint, said that while component shortages had affected virtually every vendor, Xiaomi had to contend with bigger headaches due to its extensive lineup. Michelle Toh, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Everyone has their favorites, but do your favorites line up with everyone else? Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2021 His creativity has been on display for the last couple years, and the Cardinals will line up with as many as four defensive linemen and as few as one. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2021 After their experiment, the white guests declare the shot safe and line up to get it. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Instead, the focus stays on the house as the storm rages and walkers line up for a meal. Richard Rys, Vulture, 10 Oct. 2021 Previously, the Aggies would take up the east sideline and opponents would line up along the west sideline. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 Get those things in, everyone sees it, communicate it, line up and go. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 Nine of those penalties came in the first half when the offense seemingly could not understand the snap count or line up successfully. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Dave Roberts treats these pitchers like glassware, deciding it’s better to give Julio Urías, who looks fine, an extra day of rest rather than line up their three best pitchers to hopefully pitch us past the pesky Giants. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021

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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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“Lineup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for lineup



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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