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 lineup for the Disney Holiday Singalong was revealed ‘Tis the season for Disney fans to shine! Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (November 13)," 13 Nov. 2020 The injuries to Mayfield and Hayes have forced a shuffle, with Stueber kicking to right tackle, freshman Zak Zinter entering the lineup at right guard and redshirt freshman Karsen Barnhart starting at left tackle. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football must restore 'tradition' of strong run game: 'That's a staple'," 13 Nov. 2020 The summit lineup speaks to both new couples and those who’ve been together forever. Essence, "Producer Codie Elaine Oliver On Why She’s Won’t Stop Championing Black Love," 13 Nov. 2020 In January, three other Indy iHeartMedia on-air personalities lost their jobs — Pete Kilmer and Jessica Alsman — who were part of the weekend lineup on Q95 -- and Crate, who was an afternoon host on 103.3. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Two popular on-air personalities laid off at Q95 and Alt 103.3 radio in Indianapolis," 13 Nov. 2020 The area also is home to the Snow Bar, which serves a lineup themed seasonal adult beverages. Dewayne Bevil,, "Gaylord Palms orders up holiday-movies event ... hold the ICE," 12 Nov. 2020 Fox News's prime-time lineup averaged 3.8 million viewers on Monday. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Newsmax tries to capitalize on Trump's criticism of Fox News to lure viewers," 12 Nov. 2020 But the improvement since Woods entered the lineup is unmistakable. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "How addition by subtraction has the Cowboys defense trending upward," 12 Nov. 2020 Seven years later, the hybrid that's currently dominating the Italian supercar maker's lineup is the 986-hp SF90 Stradale plug-in-hybrid supercar. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "986-HP 2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider Is a 211-MPH Hybrid Droptop," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The seasonal definition of blue moons doesn’t line up with the monthly definition, so the last time Earth saw a seasonal blue moon was in May 2019. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Halloween, Look for the Hunter’s Blue Moon," 26 Oct. 2020 My Quartz colleague Kira Bindrim also said that the ta-dah list didn’t quite line up with her preferred working style. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Feeling unproductive and anxious? Try making a “ta-dah” list," 21 Oct. 2020 These numbers were released by the public health agency in El Paso, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN's database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "El Paso man arrested and charged with felony for giving fraudulent Covid-19 treatments," 14 Oct. 2020 Duncanville — ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today — did not line up a new opponent for this week, the school district said. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Paris forfeits district football games vs. Melissa and Anna; R.L. Turner cancels game vs. Conrad for COVID-19 reasons," 25 Sep. 2020 Online booking data doesn’t line up precisely with the police report. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Nearly all arrests in Kenosha protests were from the area," 19 Sep. 2020 While the nonprofit will benefit from the money unlocked from Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling, service cuts are still possible if all the factors don’t line up for City Hall to close its massive deficit. Trisha Thadani,, "San Francisco City Hall’s risky bet: If voters don’t pass tax change, city could have to make painful cuts," 10 Sep. 2020 But for the most part that portrait doesn't line up with reality. Michelle R. Smith And Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, "GOP portrayal of urban mayhem doesn't always match reality," 28 Aug. 2020 Adjusting those settings from highest to lowest would sometimes only recover 4-5 fps, which doesn't line up with how much fidelity is gained or lost when making those changes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Flight Simulator hands-on: Microsoft looks different 20,000 feet in the air," 30 July 2020

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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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16 Nov 2020

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“Lineup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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