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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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Readers can borrow up to 30 e-books or other e-media at a time, and put up to 15 titles on hold. Michelle V. Rafter, latimes.com, "How to use L.A. Library apps to read for free," 12 June 2019 Donors to the United Tissue Network would not end up having their bones photographed and put up for sale on consumer websites, Mundo said. Stephanie Innes, AZCentral.com, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 Kimbrel allowed a career-high seven homers last year, and Keuchel has never put up overpowering strikeout numbers. Noah Trister, The Denver Post, "How Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel can help their new teams," 10 June 2019 These children were then held in state orphanages and put up for adoption, often with incomplete information about the identities of their birth parents or their places of origin. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 Once trapped, the mom and babies would be kept together in a feral cat nursery at the SPCA until the kittens were weaned and put up for adoption and the spayed mother could be released. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "When it comes to San Francisco's feral cat policy, the claws are out," 3 June 2019 The season 1 finale left viewers with a shocking final view of a plaque that is put up in West Ham's library in honor of the kids who went missing. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Questions We Want Answered in Season 2 of "The Society"," 22 May 2019 Martin signed on, putting up $3.5 million to buy a former local bowling alley. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "The Greatest Museum Show is Not in a Museum," 6 May 2019 Or, if the ceiling is too low, consider putting up plywood paneling, drywall or beadboard. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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