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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: Verb

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Examples of put-up in a Sentence

Verb the builders put up the walls before starting on the roof plans to put up a pavilion in the public gardens
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tent courts put up by the Trump administration on the U.S. side closed, along with immigration courts nationwide, postponing asylum seekers’ court dates. Los Angeles Times, "‘Like a lottery’: Joy, despair, uncertainty in migrant tent camp as Biden policy evolves," 26 Feb. 2021 Adding to the moment, Pacific Gas & Electric has put up little resistance as cities such as San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley have enacted bans. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will San Diego step on the gas with its green growth plan?," 26 Feb. 2021 In the meantime, Border Patrol has put up two large tents to process and hold the adults, families, and children before they are transferred to other agencies. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Left and Right furious over Biden border holding facility for minors — here's what you need to know," 25 Feb. 2021 Homes being put up for sale are not only getting makeovers but a story about their past to lure in potential buyers. oregonlive, "In Portland’s competitive market, compelling backstories help sell houses," 24 Feb. 2021 Last Monday, 60 new lights were put up in the night sky, but there might be reason for everyone — even those who put them up there — to be unhappy. Asa Stahl, Chron, "You won't be able to see stars in the night sky, thanks to this SpaceX project," 23 Feb. 2021 In the space between the grid and the new work, Eisenman had put up four blank canvases, side by side. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Every Nicole Eisenman Picture Tells a Story," 22 Feb. 2021 Everyone was put up in a hotel in the French Quarter — no one interviewed for this article can recall where — and several decided to take advantage of the trip. David Lee Simmons, NOLA.com, "Comedy of Errors: Live from New Orleans, a Mardi Gras SNL episode gone wrong," 8 Feb. 2021 The Bulldogs also have put up lots of points recently, averaging close to 70 points per game in four recent victories. cleveland, "Breaking down district action in the Division I girls basketball playoffs," 12 Feb. 2021

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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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“Put-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put-up. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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