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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
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 The woman put up a half-hearted attempt to fight as one of the officers grabbed her forearm and slipped handcuffs on her wrists. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 22 Oct. 2019 In a recent national report, almost 50% of teachers reported having to put up with misbehavior due to a lack of administrative support. F. Chris Curran, The Conversation, "Arrests of 6-year-olds shows the perils of putting police in primary schools," 27 Sep. 2019 According to Casap, Gen Z won’t put up with hiring managers, owners, CEOs, and executives that treat employees like a meat market. Justin Brady, Quartz at Work, "Gen Z defines job security completely differently from the rest of us," 24 Sep. 2019 It's believed that the first Christmas tree in the Blue Room was put up by President William H. Taft's children in 1912. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "The White House Christmas Tree Tradition Goes Back Farther Than You Might Think," 19 Sep. 2019 And if history is a tell, there is more angst to come as August has put up the worst numbers for stock investors for the last three decades. oregonlive.com, "Just how bad was Monday’s stock market drop?," 5 Aug. 2019 But to really provide global coverage, UbiquitiLink will petition the Federal Communications Commission to put up thousands of satellites, just like SpaceX, Amazon, and OneWeb want to do. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space startup aims to launch thousands of satellite ‘cell towers’ that connect to the average phone," 2 Aug. 2019 Without an outlet, and having to put up a strong face every day, founders let their emotions and stress build up. Prasanna Krishnamoorthy, Quartz India, "A serial entrepreneur explains how startup founders can find an outlet for their stress," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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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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