\ˈpu̇t-ˈəp \

Definition of put-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged secretly beforehand a put-up job

put 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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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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Treinen won, then lost, the closer’s role in Washington in April 2017, after putting up an ERA over 7.00. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Blake Treinen making closer job ‘look easy’," 21 May 2018 Most of the construction cost, about 80 percent, was picked up by the federal government, with the county putting up approximately $280,000, a spokesperson said last fall. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "New Carrs Mill Road bridge in Bel Air nearing completion," 11 May 2018 But writing depends on hoarding time, on putting up a boundary (often at home) between oneself and the immediate world in order to visit a separate one in the mind. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Sheila Heti Wrestles with a Big Decision in “Motherhood”," 30 Apr. 2018 Despite not putting up gaudy numbers, Hill has been one of the Cavaliers' most effective players, ranking third on the team in plus-minus. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Tyronn Lue 'optimistic' George Hill will play in Game 7 but still taking wait-and-see approach," 28 Apr. 2018 MoviePass has used these kind of bait-and-switch tactics before, usually as part of selective market tests as a way to see what its subscriber base is willing to put up with. Nick Statt, The Verge, "MoviePass is no longer too good to be true," 27 Apr. 2018 Hammerstein had hyped Don’s pending visit by putting up a $50,000 bond (more than $1.25 million in today’s dollars) in case the dog died between London and New York; Lloyd’s of London had supposedly refused to insure him. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian, "When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm," 23 Apr. 2018 The guys helped me out a lot by putting up a lot of runs. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Just Jared: Suchevits sets down Waubonsie Valley as Naperville Central rolls to DVC victory," 20 Apr. 2018 Judges ultimately decide if the child should be reunited with family or if parental rights should be severed and the child put up for adoption. The Republic | azcentral.com, "Understand the system | How Arizona's child-protective services are supposed to work," 13 Apr. 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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