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

The food hall proposed for downtown Marietta announced Wednesday the 12th restaurant set to join the lineup, Crème de la Crepe — which will sell crepes and French fare. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Marietta Square food hall announces 12th restaurant," 11 July 2018 After announcing this year's festival lineup, Coachella's organizers have addressed other important aspects about what attendees can expect at the big event in 2019. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Coachella Announced Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts," 4 Jan. 2019 Reengineering the company’s entire big-horsepower lineup, including a new 3.4-liter V-6, is a ton of work. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lake X: Mercury Marine's Secret Boat Testing Site," 27 Dec. 2018 Lenovo’s ThinkPad L-series notebooks represent the value class of Lenovo’s ThinkPad business lineup, appealing to professionals as well as consumers who want a more serious-minded notebook solution. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo gives its affordable ThinkPad L390 notebooks a boost with Intel Whiskey Lake chips," 17 Dec. 2018 More likely, though, is that these titles were among those being considered for the system's final software lineup, which was rolled out slowly starting in September. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 There's a ton of store openings on the lineup, too, from a glossy new Mulberry in London (pictured above) to another Issey Miyake outpost in Tokyo. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Fall Store Openings We're Excited About," 21 Sep. 2018 Continuing with the Dior Makeup lineup, the Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner in Matte Blue was most likely drawn onto Sunmi's lids. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Sunmi's Best Makeup Looks From Her New "Siren" Music Video," 4 Sep. 2018 Grande, the most recent addition to the lineup, paid tribute to Franklin in an emotional performance earlier this month. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Who's Performing at Aretha Franklin's Funeral," 29 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kegel lined up behind center, but the QB ran in motion to the right sideline, leaving only running back Jonathan Smith in the backfield. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Five memorable Washington State football games against Big 12 Conference teams," 25 Dec. 2018 In the end, Lubezki’s schedule didn’t line up, and Cuarón shot the film himself — a first for the director. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma is coming to Netflix on Friday. You should still see it in a theater.," 11 Dec. 2018 Models lined up along the runway as petals fell from above while a pianist and string band played in the background—making for a beautiful moment. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Made It Rain Rose Petals At Its Pre-Fall 2019 Show in Tokyo," 27 Nov. 2018 Loyal troops lined up 13 of the alleged leaders against a wall and shot them. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Although the royals are currently taking a break from their public duties, Meghan has several trips lined up in the fall. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Keep Their Dresses from Flying Up," 16 Aug. 2018 Ever notice that some college offense will line up and possibly go through some motion or quarterback cadence before 11 heads suddenly turn to the sideline? Andy Staples,, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 Typically, inaugural greeting sessions of past mayors have lasted several hours — with family, friends and ordinary citizens all lining up and waiting for a chance to shake hands or to embrace the incoming mayor. Matier & Ross,, "Is San Francisco Mayor Farrell’s big idea of internet-for-all leaving office with him?," 4 July 2018 In one instance, about two dozen fish were purposely lined up and placed on the approach to a ramp, where boaters planning to launch would be forced to move the rotting fish or back over them. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 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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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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