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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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As Yazmin Juárez spoke, an image of her brown-eyed baby girl, Mariee, was put up on television screens in the hearing room. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, "Migrant mother speaks to House panel about daughter’s death," 10 July 2019 If goods aren’t moving by midday, put up a sign that everything is half off after a certain time, or tell people that everything is half off tomorrow. Debbie Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "3 ways to have a yard sale when you don’t have a yard," 8 July 2019 Starting in a career-high 55 games for the Charlotte Hornets last season, Lamb put up 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, shooting 44% from the field and 34.8% from 3-point range. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Jeremy Lamb is one of the oldest Pacers, epitomizing Indiana's focus on young talent," 7 July 2019 The city is home to a large number of military veterans, and last year put up a monument honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, a highly decorated Army unit also known as the Borinqueneers. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain schools hosting workshop on new education laws, $12.3 million in extra aid," 6 July 2019 Chinese and American tech philanthropists, rallied by Bill Gates, put up money, as did the G20, creating an unprecedented kitty of $40bn for its first five years. The Economist, "Attack of the superbugs: July 2041," 5 July 2019 Also on the radar: President Donald Trump has put up two new selections for the Federal Reserve failing to advance his previous two picks. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Tesla's record; Lagarde's new job; Broadcom eyes Symantec," 3 July 2019 Zimmermann put up a fight, throwing solid six innings for a no-decision. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Max Scherzer strikes out 14 Detroit Tigers, outduels Jordan Zimmermann," 30 June 2019 Interestingly, Vucevic has put up some of the best numbers of his career against the Lakers. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic shift focus to free agents Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross after completing NBA draft," 21 June 2019

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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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