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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
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 Crews put up fences and concrete barricades Monday morning around the Kenosha County Courthouse, a focal point for much of the unrest that erupted in late August following Blake's shooting. Sophie Carson, USA TODAY, "Kenosha prepares for unrest, sets curfew ahead of expected charging decision in Jacob Blake shooting," 5 Jan. 2021 San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and the incoming head of the police union put up a united front against efforts to repeal two local laws that give police the right to collectively bargain. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Anaqua Springs shooting deaths go back to detectives," 5 Jan. 2021 Iowa State predictably put up a fight and tested Baylor’s dominance. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Jared Butler helps No. 2 Baylor survive Iowa State," 2 Jan. 2021 Since then, state transportation departments have put up a total of 13 Wyssen towers in Utah and five in Colorado. Lou Dzierzak, Scientific American, "Explosive Charges Protect Backcountry Skiers," 30 Dec. 2020 The sophomore put up 34 points in her first year for a Spartans team that went 16-3-4 and returns two other 25-plus point scorers in Jenna Chaplain and Samantha Porazinski. Jacob Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "EMass girls’ hockey players to watch in 2020-21," 30 Dec. 2020 On Tuesday, the Pelicans put up just 86 points in a blowout loss to the Suns. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "No microwaving chemistry: Steven Adams, Pelicans trying to correct low-scoring offense," 30 Dec. 2020 And for the first time in years, Calab’s mother has put up a Christmas tree. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family hopeful for answers about murder of Calab Luckett four years after he was killed on Christmas Day in 2016," 26 Dec. 2020 Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Supreme Court justice, put up a Christmas tree in his home every year. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: How America shaped Christmas, and how Christmas shapes us," 23 Dec. 2020

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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