noun set·up \ˈset-ˌəp\

Definition of setup

  1. 1a :  carriage of the body; especially :  erect and soldierly bearingb :  constitution, makeup

  2. 2a :  the assembly and arrangement of the tools and apparatus required for the performance of an operationb :  the preparation and adjustment of machines for an assigned task

  3. 3a :  a table settingb :  glass, ice, and mixer served to patrons who supply their own liquor

  4. 4a :  a camera position from which a scene is filmed; also :  the footage taken from one camera positionb :  the final arrangement of the scenery and properties for a scene of a theatrical or cinematic production

  5. 5a :  a position of the balls in billiards or pool from which it is easy to scoreb :  a task or contest purposely made easyc :  something easy to get or accomplishd :  something (such as a plot) that has been constructed or contrivede :  the execution of a planned scoring play in sports

  6. 6a :  the manner in which the elements or components of a machine, apparatus, or system are arranged, designed, or assembledb :  the patterns within which political, social, or administrative forces operate :  customary or established practice

  7. 7 :  project, plan

  8. 8 :  something done by deceit or trickery in order to compromise or frame someone

Examples of setup in a Sentence

  1. Setup of the new software is a breeze.

  2. It took me a while to learn the setup of the office's filing system.

  3. We had a great setup. On my days off, my wife would work from home while I took care of the kids.

  4. The software makes it easy to create custom setups.

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setup vs. set-up vs. set up

The noun setup is usually styled as a solid compound (that is, as a single word) in American English and as a hyphenated compound (set-up) in British English. The noun may be used attributively (that is, as an adjective) in such phrases as setup man (“someone who makes machine tool adjustments”) and setup tool (“software that facilitates the installation of a computer program”). The verb set up, on the other hand, is usually found as an open compound (two words, no hyphen) in both American and British English.

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SETUP Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of setup for English Language Learners

  • : the process of making something (such as a machine or computer program) ready to be used

  • : the way that something is done or organized

  • : a situation in which someone is deliberately put in a bad position or made to look guilty

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