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


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

Historically, the lineup of Victoria's Secret Angels hasn't been very racially diverse. Glamour, "Leomie Anderson Is the Newest Victoria’s Secret Angel," 4 Apr. 2019 This year’s lineup will be as diverse as ever, with local Texan acts like psychedelic trio Khruangbin to electronic music pioneer Annette Peacock taking the stage. Vogue, "Forget Coachella: These Far-Flung Alternatives Are Pushing Festival Style Forward," 9 Mar. 2019 Last year’s lineup was pretty impressive, but this year’s celeb guest stars are even more exciting. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'The Voice' Season 16," 10 Feb. 2019 Joining the lineup are a new 17-inch LG Gram, which the company claims to be the lightest 17-inch clamshell on the market, and the family's first 2-in-1 device in the form of the new 14-inch Gram convertible. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New 17-inch LG Gram laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has nearly 20-hour battery life," 12 Dec. 2018 Honestly, here in the U.S. the whole Mercedes-AMG lineup is Squanderville. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: More Car Than Anyone Could Ever Enjoy," 5 Dec. 2018 The 2018 lineup is certainly bigger than last year's, which took place in Shanghai and featured artists like Harry Styles, Miguel, Leslie Odom Jr., and Jane Zhang. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Will Perform at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and Fans Are Beside Themselves," 1 Nov. 2018 The 10th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival kicks off in New York City on October 16 and the lineup is stellar. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Architecture and Design Film Festival to kick off 10th year with heavy-hitting lineup," 10 Oct. 2018 In short, the Academy’s choice to implement a new category, with poor definition, largely out of nowhere, seemed doubly weird in a year when the Best Picture lineup is likely to include a bunch of honest-to-goodness hits. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Oscars are killing the new “popular film” category — for now," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yellow lines on the ground mark the area boys must line up. Michael Miller, Emma Brown And Aaron C. Davis, star-telegram, "Inside a former Walmart on the Texas-Mexico border that holds nearly 1,500 immigrant boys," 16 June 2018 Yellow lines on the ground mark the area boys must line up. Anchorage Daily News, "Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the US is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children," 14 June 2018 Fans line the path to the church in the hopes of seeing their favorite royal, and children line up after the service to give flowers to the Queen. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Travels to Sandringham for Christmas in Stylish Winter Outfit," 20 Dec. 2018 Polli says Pymetrics uses algorithms to predict whether someone’s skills line up with a particular job by comparing their answers with those given by a company’s top performers. Malaika Jabali, Glamour, "'Hiring Bots' Might Be Responsible For You Getting Your Dream Job—Here’s How to Use Them to Your Advantage," 22 Oct. 2018 While that deal was pending, prosecutors said Pam lined up a Quincy real estate investor to buy the home from Deangelo for $232,000 in cash. Laura Crimaldi,, "Pam family members go on trial for allegedly scamming elderly siblings out of Mattapan home," 13 July 2018 England lines up from 35 yards in the center for a free kick; their targets are arrayed across the 18. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 But McConnell apparently believes that all 49 Democrats, even the ones facing tough elections in red states, will line up against a prospective pick, and wants to leave nothing to chance. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Countdown: Who’s Got the Inside Track?," 8 July 2018 Lease change backed Amy Pechacek, deputy director of county administrative services, acknowledged the 2013 lease doesn't line up with the museum's long-term goal of moving out. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Public Museum officials seek changes in county lease to aid move to new home," 6 July 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 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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