put up


Definition of put up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to place in a container or receptacle put his lunch up in a bagb :  to put away (a sword) in a scabbard :  sheathec :  to prepare so as to preserve for later use :  cand :  to put in storage

  3. 2 :  to start (game animals) from cover

  4. 3 :  to nominate for election

  5. 4 :  to offer up (something, such as a prayer)

  6. 5 :  set 16

  7. 6 :  to make available; especially :  to offer for public sale put their possessions up for auction

  8. 7 :  to give food and shelter to :  accommodate

  9. 8 :  to arrange (a plot, a scheme, etc.) with others put up a job to steal the jewels

  10. 9 :  build, erect

  11. 10a :  to make a display of put up a brave frontb :  to engage in put up a struggle

  12. 11a :  contribute, pay put up bail moneyb :  to offer as a prize or stake

  13. 12 chiefly British :  to increase the amount of :  raise

  14. 13 :  to succeed in producing or achieving an athlete who has put up big numbers; also :  score 4a(1) put up 20 points

  15. intransitive verb
  16. 1 :  lodge

  17. 2 :  to take direct action —used in the phrase put up or shut up

put one up to

  1. :  to incite one to (a course of action) they put him up to playing the prank

put up with

  1. :  to endure or tolerate without complaint or attempt at reprisal

Examples of put up in a sentence

  1. the builders put up the walls before starting on the roof

  2. plans to put up a pavilion in the public gardens

14th Century

First Known Use of put up

14th century

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