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Definition of put-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged secretly beforehand a put-up job

put up

put up; putting up; puts up

Definition of put up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to place in a container or receptacle put his lunch up in a bag
b : to put away (a sword) in a scabbard : sheathe
c : to prepare so as to preserve for later use : can
d : to put in storage
2 : to start (game animals) from cover
3 : to nominate for election
4 : to offer up (something, such as a prayer)
6 : to make available especially : to offer for public sale put their possessions up for auction
7 : to give food and shelter to : accommodate
8 : to arrange (a plot, a scheme, etc.) with others put up a job to steal the jewels
9 : build, erect
10a : to make a display of put up a brave front
b : to engage in put up a struggle
11a : contribute, pay put up bail money
b : to offer as a prize or stake
12 chiefly British : to increase the amount of : raise
13 : to succeed in producing or achieving an athlete who has put up big numbers also : score sense 4a(1) put up 20 points

intransitive verb

1 : lodge
2 : to take direct action used in the phrase put up or shut up
put one up to
: to incite one to (a course of action) they put him up to playing the prank
put up with
: to endure or tolerate without complaint or attempt at reprisal

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Synonyms for put-up

Synonyms: Verb

erect, pitch, raise, rear, set up, upend, upraise

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Examples of put-up in a Sentence


the builders put up the walls before starting on the roof plans to put up a pavilion in the public gardens

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Lemieux is the last player to put up 160 points or more in a season, back in 1995-96. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "NHL’s Comeback: Loads of Goals and Surprises," 13 Feb. 2019 A year earlier the top-scoring WR, Jordy Nelson, put up fewer points than eight RBs. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Draft RB or WR in the First Round? That Question Is Far From Simple for Fantasy Football Owners," 2 July 2018 Hefford won four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships, putting up 30 points in 26 Olympic games. New York Times, "Brodeur, O’Ree and Bettman Are Chosen for Hockey Hall of Fame," 26 June 2018 Hefford won four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships, putting up 30 points in 26 Olympic games. Stephen Whyno, chicagotribune.com, "Gary Bettman, Martin Brodeur, Willie O'Ree top Hockey Hall of Fame class," 26 June 2018 This year’s team loses Lamar Jackson but seems very similar to the past four seasons — namely, a team that will win eight games and put up points but fail to take home even a division title. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "ACC power rankings: Clemson leads the way," 25 June 2018 The soon-to-be 18-year-old, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, put up 59 total points in 67 games for the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League this past season. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Here's who the Stars selected in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday," 22 June 2018 The Western Oregon women scored in five events to put up 15 points and tie for 14th. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "George Fox women are NCAA Division III co-champions in track and field," 27 May 2018 Like Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, who's 33 years old and put up a playoff-career high 41 points on the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night in advancing to the West finals, Rondo has got plenty of remaining tread on his wheels. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "The end should just be the beginning for the New Orleans Pelicans," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of put-up


1810, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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a strong desire or propensity

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