set up


Definition of set up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to raise to and place in a high positionb :  to place in view :  postc :  to put forward (something, such as a plan) for acceptance

  3. 2a :  to place upright :  erect set up a statueb :  to assemble the parts of and erect in positionc :  to put (a machine) in readiness or adjustment for an operation

  4. 3a :  cause, create set up a clamorb :  bring about

  5. 4 :  to place in power or in office set up the general as dictator

  6. 5a :  to raise from depression :  elate, gratifyb :  to make proud or vain

  7. 6a :  to put forward or extol as a modelb :  to claim oneself to be sets himself up as an authority

  8. 7 :  found, inaugurate

  9. 8a :  to provide with means of making a living set him up in businessb :  to bring or restore to normal healthc :  to cause (one) to take on a soldierly or athletic appearance especially through drill

  10. 9 :  to erect (a perpendicular or a figure) on a base in a drawing

  11. 10a :  to make taut (a stay or hawser)b :  to tighten firmly

  12. 11 :  to make carefully worked out plans for set up a bank robbery

  13. 12a :  to pay for (drinks)b :  to treat (someone) to something

  14. 13a :  to put in a compromising or dangerous position usually by trickery or deceitb :  frame 3

  15. 14 :  to execute one or more plays in preparation for scoring

  16. intransitive verb
  17. 1 :  to come into active operation or use

  18. 2 :  to begin business

  19. 3 :  to make pretensions has never set up to be a wise man — Thomas Rogers

  20. 4 :  to become firm

set up housekeeping

  1. :  to establish one's living quarters

set up shop

  1. :  to establish one's business

Examples of set up in a sentence

  1. set up tables in the living room for the party

  2. set up a scholarship fund for deserving students from the inner city

13th Century

First Known Use of set up

13th century

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a trip made at another's expense

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