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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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More immigrants have streamed into South Florida than to most American cities, and for decades, employers have relied on them to wash dishes, put up drywall and care for grandmothers. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Economic Antidote for a Shrinking America: Immigrants," 22 Aug. 2019 One week after becoming the first player in NFL history with multiple 40-plus yard touchdowns in his career debut, putting up 147 yards to go with them, Brown racked up eight receptions for 86 yards against the Cardinals. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "The Most Impressive NFL Rookies Through Two Weeks," 16 Sep. 2019 The Pirates won, 63-35, and put up 563 yards after the game’s stopping point Friday saw Perry up 35-21. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Riverside meets Lima halfway in classy move: HS football quick hits," 16 Sep. 2019 Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State’s sophomore running back, put up his second monster game of the season Saturday, rushing for 256 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 40-21 victory over Tulsa. Joel Boyd, chicagotribune.com, "College football Week 3 wrap-up: Which team self-destructed the worst? Why are Florida fans mad at Brian Griese? And the Heisman contender in Oklahoma who isn’t named Jalen Hurts.," 16 Sep. 2019 Get a cute desk lamp to keep things bright and cheerful, put up a vacation pic or two to remind you of happy times, or add a new plant. Judy Koutsky, Good Housekeeping, "How to Ease Back into a Healthy, Post-Summer Routine," 12 Sep. 2019 As Hurricane Dorian was off Florida’s eastern coast, Michael Cigliano — just like the rest us in Florida — was stocking up on supplies, putting up shutters and going over evacuation plans. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Magic fists: Viral video catches 'Dorian dancer’ trying to shoo hurricane away from South Florida," 9 Sep. 2019 Throughout his life, Frank was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fly-fish and put up a good cord of wood as well as being a passionate rock collector and weather observer. courant.com, "Frank Grant Leavitt," 8 Sep. 2019 All were men in Florida or North Carolina who died in falls or by electrocution while trimming trees, putting up storm shutters, or otherwise getting ready for the hurricane. Ben Finley, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorian’s floodwaters trap people in attics in North Carolina," 6 Sep. 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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