\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 agents took William by force, Mr. Garrido said through tears, and told him the boy would be put up for adoption. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘Mi Amor!’: Tearful Scenes as Immigrant Reunions Begin in New York," 11 July 2018 But on some occasions, they are put up for adoption, police said. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Ever wanted to own a State Police K-9? These two need good homes," 11 July 2018 He's put up a .285/.362/520 slash line with six homers in 123 at-bats. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Jorge Polanco, Shohei Ohtani return to action," 7 July 2018 Workers in downtown Cleveland removed the 10-story billboard, which was put up in 2014, when James announced his return to the Cavaliers after four seasons with the Miami Heat. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Watch: LeBron Banner Comes Down in Cleveland," 3 July 2018 The animal was put up for adoption on June 26 with an adoption fee of $25. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tortoise found in downtown Hartland was adopted in less than 24 hours," 28 June 2018 Traffic barrels were put up in eastbound lanes to narrow traffic from four lanes to three, and then to two, and then to one. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Drivers wonder whether I-84 lane closures contributed to crash that killed 4," 20 June 2018 Traffic barriers were put up on the eve of Kim’s arrival, cordoning off the street in front of the hotel and a police checkpoint set up for all vehicles approaching the hotel. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Kim arrives in Singapore for historic meeting with Trump, 'unknown territory' in the world of diplomacy," 10 June 2018 Most church members have yet to see the statue because it was put up Monday as part of a citywide art display. Dave Collins, Courant Community, "Some Like It Not: Marilyn Monroe Statue Has Stamford Church Venting," 8 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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