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

This year’s music lineup features the Vulcan Mt. Boys and MohaviSoul. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee’s annual bluegrass festival set for Sept. 14," 28 Aug. 2019 That news is often delivered the day or night before the game, but ESPN commentators Taylor Twellman and Jon Champion discussed how Minnesota players didn’t learn of the lineup until Tuesday morning. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United drops star Darwin Quintero from U.S. Open Cup lineup," 27 Aug. 2019 The 6-4, 239-pound Georgia native was pulled in and out of the lineup and never got into a rhythm. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Jawon Pass finding answers and confidence in Louisville football's simplified offense," 26 Aug. 2019 Despite Real's window of heavy spending, the starting lineup featured two players in Bale and James who had been deemed surplus to requirements earlier in the summer., "Real Madrid 1-1 ​Real Valladolid: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Los Blancos Concede Late Leveller," 24 Aug. 2019 Two out of three voters couldn’t pick me out of a lineup. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "‘It’s Gratifying’: Jay Inslee Finally Gets His Moment," 24 Aug. 2019 Former Miami wide receiver Michael Irvin made his first career start against Florida in 1985, a 35-23 loss, and remembers worrying that then-coach Jimmy Johnson would take him out of the lineup. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "A lot is on the line when Florida and Miami (Fla.) renew rivalry in college football opener," 22 Aug. 2019 Vogel testified that a woman who was hanging out at Greenwood’s apartment on the night of the killing picked Drake’s photo out of a lineup. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Man was shot by masked robber during Huntsville drug deal, cop testifies," 21 Aug. 2019 What makes the festival stand out is one, the experience, and two, exclusivity and uniqueness of the lineup. Washington Post, "50 years after Woodstock, can festivals match its magic?," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other regulators and politicians are lining up to take a swipe at Big Tech, and not just in America. The Economist, "Facebook says it will behave better from now on," 18 July 2019 So how come some car companies are lining up with California in its efforts to restrict emissions? Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Just in time for Labor Day, why ‘uncured’ deli meats aren’t as safe as you thought," 2 Sep. 2019 Shoppers were lining up to buy supplies and water as waits at gas stations grew. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dorian strengthens as it hurtles toward Florida, but could shift north along coast," 31 Aug. 2019 But developers are still lining up to place their bets. Jon Chesto,, "Have Encore, MGM, and other casinos saturated the market?," 30 Aug. 2019 However, businesses are lining up against the proposal, and Hancock and some council members are asking for a delay. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver pollution tax faces key vote by a divided City Council," 26 Aug. 2019 Smartphone and mobile hotspot makers are lining up to support 5G. Samsung, LG, Motorola and others already have devices on the market. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The race for 5G and what you need to know," 23 Aug. 2019 Crystal Palace are lining up new contracts for duo Christian Benteke and James Tomkins, as the pair's contracts wind down at Selhurst Park., "Crystal Palace Set to Offer Christian Benteke and James Tomkins New Deals at Selhurst Park," 22 Aug. 2019 As the budget of NASA's Earth Science Division increases, the agency is lining up at least two new satellites and exploration programs to track natural hazards. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "At the bottom of a glacier in Greenland, climate scientists find troubling signs," 19 Aug. 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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