set up


Definition of set up

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

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

    3. 3a :  cause, create <set up a clamor>b :  bring about

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

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

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

    7. 7 :  found, inaugurate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    17. 2 :  to begin business

    18. 3 :  to make pretensions <has never set up to be a wise man — Thomas Rogers>

    19. 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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