put-up

1 of 2

adjective

: arranged secretly beforehand
a put-up job

put up

2 of 2

verb

put up; putting up; puts up

transitive verb

1
a
: 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)
5
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
10
a
: to make a display of
put up a brave front
b
: to engage in
put up a struggle
11
a
: 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
Phrases
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

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
Adjective
Sadly, one of those theories was promoted by Utah senator Mike Lee, who spread the risible idea that the whole Capitol riot was some sort of put-up job by the feds rather than criminal misconduct by Trump supporters. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023
Verb
Nimmo has never made an All-Star team despite regularly putting up strong numbers at the top of the lineup and playing excellent outfield. Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News, 12 July 2024 Last year, despite having major offensive line issues, Sanders still put up impressive numbers with 3,230 yards and 31 total touchdowns. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for put-up 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1810, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of put-up was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near put-up

Cite this Entry

“Put-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put-up. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

put up

verb
1
a
: to prepare for later use
put up a lunch
especially : can entry 3 sense 1
put up peaches
b
: to put away out of use
put up your sword
2
a
: to nominate for election
b
: to offer for public sale
put their possessions up for auction
3
: to give or obtain food and shelter : lodge
put us up overnight
4
5
: carry on sense 2
put up a struggle
6
: to make available
put up a prize for the best essay
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