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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maine put up a fight in the 2016 opener, which UConn won 24-21. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn football must open the 2019 season with more than a victory against Wagner," 29 Aug. 2019 Nobody can accuse the Reds of not putting up a fight. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Trevor Bauer allows 8 runs in 3 innings; Cincinnati Reds swept by Pittsburgh Pirates," 25 Aug. 2019 Despite putting up quite the fight, Grace is eventually caught. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The Crazy, Bloody Game In Ready Or Not," 24 Aug. 2019 Carolyn Abel put up a fight in her last minutes of life. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?," 10 Aug. 2019 Lawmakers who oppose a no-deal Brexit — include some of the May government ministers swept away by Johnson — are vowing to put up a fight when Parliament returns from a six-week summer break that starts Friday. NBC News, "Boris Johnson says U.K must 'turbocharge' preparations for no-deal Brexit," 25 July 2019 The San Antonio girl was diagnosed with medulloblastoma more than two years ago and has been putting up a brave fight against the brain cancer. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio child’s leprechaun wish granted at the Alamo," 24 July 2019 As the final score indicated, the Tigers did not put up a fight. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: 2 lazy lapses leave Ron Gardenhire dejected," 19 July 2019 The Wildcats went 8-1 in Big Ten play and put up a fight in the conference title game, trailing Ohio State by three late in the third quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away 45-24. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern is 15-1 in its last 16 Big Ten games and coming off a West Division title. Yet the Wildcats still can’t get any love from media, bettors or computers.," 18 July 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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