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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 People who would normally put up their house for sale in order to buy another one are holding off, keeping home supplies low. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 20 Apr. 2022 Watch for Kennedy Chandler and Santiago Vescovi, the Vols' sharp-shooting leading scorers, who put up 13 points and 18 points, respectively, vs. Longwood. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 The state is also providing a small daily allowance to Poles who put up Ukrainians in their homes. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 This is a game where Mayfield has to be the Mayfield who put up 42 points in a loss to the Chargers or 41 vs. the Bengals. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 25 Dec. 2021 Typically, the owners of the private operating company get around 80% of equity when merging with the SPAC, so investors who put up cash hold a minority stake post-merger. Robert Marich, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 Thank gawd for these girls who put up with me and have helped me sooooo incredibly much over the last few weeks and especially this weekend. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 7 Dec. 2021 Policygenius recently put up about a third of its downtown Manhattan office for sublease. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 9 May 2022 The sorcerers and their apprentices put up a valiant effort, but Wanda is just too strong, fighting on several levels. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 May 2022 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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