put-up

adjective
\ ˈpu̇t-ˈəp How to pronounce put-up (audio) \

Definition of put-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged secretly beforehand a put-up job

put up

verb
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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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 Mackay also noted that recently two Eagle Rock sixth-graders put up a lemonade stand and raised some $300 for the venue. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2021 Police said messages showed that Daniels asked Robinson to abort the pregnancy months back and then asked for the baby to be put up for adoption. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 17 July 2021 Holt, a rookie at the time, helped his team put up 526 points en route to the Lombardi Trophy. Alyssa Hertel, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 What was left of that life was now hidden behind the boards that his sisters had put up on the house to prevent further scavenging. The New Yorker, 6 July 2021 In late June the Afghan government resurrected militias with a reputation of brutal violence to support the beleaguered Afghan forces but Rahman said many of the militias in the Badakhshan districts put up only a half-hearted fight. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 In late June the Afghan government resurrected militias with a reputation of brutal violence to support the beleaguered Afghan forces, but Rahman said many of the militias in the Badakhshan districts put up only a half-hearted fight. NBC News, 4 July 2021 Olson put up his hands to halt Florhaug, who countered by pointing a gun at him, the complaint continued. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 More artwork will be put up to complete the structure’s design in the next few weeks, said Tim Morrow, zoo president and CEO. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of put-up

Adjective

1810, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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 2 Aug. 2021.

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