rack up


racked up; racking up; racks up

transitive verb

: achieve, gain
racked up their 10th victory

Examples of rack up in a Sentence

having racked up a huge number of points in the short program, the figure skater would have to have a disastrous long program in order to miss out on a medal racked up their second consecutive Super Bowl victory
Recent Examples on the Web The agency said thousands of borrowers complained that Toyota Motor Credit employees had added extra products to their loans, racking up fees for the company at consumers' expense. Marley Jay, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 After her impressive haul on Sunday, Swift racked up a total of 39 Billboard Music Awards, tying with Drake. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The best-selling facial roller has racked up 19,000 five-star ratings, and it was purchased by more than 20,000 shoppers in the past month alone. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 After all, it’s been decades (word of advice: don’t mention how long her career has been) that she’s racked up a steady stream of chart-toppers and broken records. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 Toss shells, stones, or small toys into the circles to rack up points. Nicole Harris, Parents, 16 Nov. 2023 The videos racked up hundreds of thousands of views. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2023 Security footage captured the entire frightening scene and has since racked up thousands of views on social media. Emma Colton, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2023 Since its launch, the platform had racked up tens of millions of monthly visitors, Similar Web data shows. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'rack up.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rack up was in 1949

Dictionary Entries Near rack up

Cite this Entry

“Rack up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rack%20up. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

rack up

: score entry 2 sense 4a
racked 30 points up in the first half
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!