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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whipping up eggs like a short-order cook, with a lineup of hungry children before you, was an everyday show. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The Big Little Lie of the TV kitchen island," 1 Aug. 2019 The 2019-2020 lineup of eight games take place Nov. 16 at Aldine ISD’s Campbell Center and has no shortage of star power. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "RCS Sports Season Opener schedule released," 1 Aug. 2019 Miami Spice will be offered for weekday lunches and dinners Sunday-Thursday, with a rotating lineup of creative vegan dishes. Michael Mayo,, "Trouble sorting out 250 Miami Spice options? Try these 9 restaurants," 1 Aug. 2019 For Elvis Week 2019 at Graceland in Memphis, fans of the King can expect an incredible lineup of events in honor of the legendary artist. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Best Elvis Week 2019 Events at Graceland," 1 Aug. 2019 There will be a lot of pickin’ and grinnin’ in the Litchfield Hills come the second weekend in August as the Podunk Bluegrass Festival returns with another stellar lineup of local, regional and nationally renowned artists. Chip Mccabe,, "10 bands you can’t miss at the 2019 Podunk Bluegrass Festival," 31 July 2019 Here’s a lineup of how the 20 candidates cluster by age compared to one another and to past presidents, spanning four generations by the common definitions from the Pew Research Center. Time, "Is It Time to 'Pass the Torch?' The Generational Dilemma of the 2020 Democratic Primary," 30 July 2019 But the article does brag about the restaurant's full lineup of crepes, which make up five or six menu items on its brunch and lunch menus. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Story Hill BKC makes Thrillist's list of top U.S. brunch places ahead of the restaurant's fifth birthday," 30 July 2019 The traveling festival aims to curate a lineup of top hip-hop stars alongside rising artists for a new region in Arkansas. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Juice WRLD, Playboi Carti and DaBaby Announced for Inaugural JMBLYA Arkansas," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Scores of primarily older residents sat in the vast majority of the plastic blue chairs lined up for the hearing. Shannon Larson,, "Opponents speak out against Nod Road development at Avon hearing," 24 July 2019 People in the town of about 2,000 lined up for free water that California National Guard soldiers handed out at Trona High School. John Rogers, Time, "California's Recent Earthquakes Are Reigniting Fears of the 'Big One'," 8 July 2019 With tents, sleeping bags and coolers of water in tow, Donald Trump supporters began lining up for Tuesday’s campaign rally in Orlando, nearly two full days before the event. Caroline Glenn,, "Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center," 17 June 2019 And lest anyone remain skeptical, the service already has a raft of A-list talent lined up for various projects. Tyler Aquilina,, "All the projects coming to Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's bite-size streaming service," 13 June 2019 Brighton striker Percy Tau impressed on loan at Union Saint-Gilloise during 2018/19, but circumstances will continue to prevent the South African from lining up for the Seagulls., "Transfer Rumours: Spurs Offer Llorente New Deal, Inter Turn to Dzeko, Joelinton Update & More," 20 July 2019 Others lined up for estimates in the ice arena for their precious antiques and collectible memorabilia. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Rocky River families enjoy a lazy summer afternoon at River Days," 15 July 2019 People lined up for TikTok-centric panels, many of which were about how to become a viral sensation, until there was only standing room. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TikTok took over VidCon, and YouTube is next," 15 July 2019 People lined up for the speech as early as 5 p.m., two hours early. Matt Szabo,, "Former Angels pitcher Jim Abbott provides inspiration at Newport library," 11 July 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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