\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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The company is aiming to launch a mission for NASA this December called ELaNa XIX, one that will put up 11 small research satellites into orbit. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch Rocket Lab try again to launch its first commercial mission to space," 10 Nov. 2018 Durant, Irving, Leonard, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo also received votes along with reigning MVP James Harden, who should put up big numbers again in Houston’s high-powered offense. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "As NBA season opens, is it Warriors-Celtics when it ends?," 15 Oct. 2018 When choosing a city, Carrico and Herndon start at the very beginning, with developers who are putting up mixed-use apartments-shopfronts around their prospective cities. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Guild Is Putting Luxury Hotel Rooms in Apartment Buildings," 9 Oct. 2018 Answer all 10 correctly and get a cut of whatever the cash prize is for that game (!), money that, Bee says, is put up by TBS. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Samantha Bee Unveils Midterm Election Trivia App 'This Is Not a Game: The Game'," 6 Sep. 2018 The grunts and ferocious focus were still there against Görges, who put up more resistance in her first Grand Slam semifinal than Thursday’s score might indicate. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams, Enjoying Every Moment, Is Back in the Wimbledon Final," 12 July 2018 The next-best scoring average that season on the Warriors belonged to Jamaal Wilkes, who put up 14.2 points a game. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "NBA superteams haven't won all the championships: 5 surprise winners," 9 July 2018 The Indians were ready to concede the run when third-base coach Mike Jirschele put up the stop sign after initially waving Perez home. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Danny Duffy serves up slam as Royals fall to Indians, lose 60th game of season," 3 July 2018 Attorney and Lakers season ticket holder Jacob Emrani, who put up 4 billboards recruiting LeBron in March, has paid for over 40 billboards for Paul George. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Paul George teases Lakers fans in second episode of his NBA free agency series," 28 June 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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