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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: 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 Illinois Valley put up a fight in the 2A/1A championship dual, but Culver was undeniable against the Cougars, winning 54-24. oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2022 The Packers put up a much better fight this time around and kept Colin Kaepernick at least modestly in check relative to the year before, but Phil Dawson's field goal as time expired ended the season. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2022 An All-Star can put up gaudy numbers on an average team, after all, but only a superstar can lift a franchise to title contention. Damichael Cole, The Courier-Journal, 13 Jan. 2022 The Asian Ranch House turned French Country Farmhouse was put up for sale in April 2019, for $740,000, but later had several price cuts, bringing it down to $649,999 at one point. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, 10 Jan. 2022 Will parents put up with a return to virtual, at-home education? Peter Weber, The Week, 24 Dec. 2021 The Iowa star still put up 19 points, but went just 1-of-7 from 3-point range. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Dec. 2021 The Thunder will put up a fight which will bring in the numbers on Thursday’s game. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 Other customers may put up more resistance, especially if the price remains high. Andy Peters, ajc, 23 Dec. 2021

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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 28 Jan. 2022.

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