put up

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put up (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of put-up


put up (third-person singular simple present puts up, present participle putting up, simple past and past participle put up)

  1. (transitive) To place in a high location.
    Please put up your luggage in the overhead bins.
    Three volunteers put up their hands in response to the speaker's request.
  2. (transitive) To hang; to mount.
    Many people put up messages on their refrigerators.
  3. (transitive) To style (the hair) up on the head, instead of letting it hang down.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic, used with "to") To cajole or dare (someone) to do (something).
    I think someone put him up to it.
  5. (transitive, idiomatic) To store away.
    Synonym: put away
    Coordinate terms: lock away, lock up
    Be sure to put up the tools when you finish.
  6. (transitive, idiomatic) To house; to shelter; to take in.
    We can put you up for the night.
    1. (reflexive, archaic) To stop at a hotel or a tavern for entertainment.
      • 1946, William Allen White, Autobiography, page 411:
        For a week or ten days we put up in London at a smart, rather exclusive second- or third-class haunt of the decade's nobility and gentry—the Artillery Mansions.
  7. (transitive, idiomatic) To present, especially in "put up a fight".
    That last fighter put up quite a fight.
    They didn't put up much resistance.
  8. (transitive) To endure; to put up with; to tolerate.
  9. (transitive) To provide funds in advance.
    Butty Sugrue put up £300,000 for the Ali–Lewis fight.
  10. (transitive) To build a structure.
  11. (transitive) To make available; to offer.
    The picture was put up for auction.
    I put my first child up for adoption.
    • 2001, Donald Spoto, chapter 3, in Marilyn Monroe: The Biography[1] (non-fiction), Rowman & Littlefield, →ISBN, page 39:
      The house on Arbol Drive was put up for sale that autumn; this portion of the street soon vanished, and the land became part of the Hollywood Bowl complex.
    • 2023 November 1, “'Western' on the move as diesel-hydraulics change hands”, in RAIL, number 995, page 24:
      Meanwhile, D9513 has been acquired by a member of the Wensleydale Railway, after it was put up for sale by its owners who had the locomotive at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway.
  12. (hunting, transitive) To cause (wild game) to break cover.
  13. (transitive, food and drink, idiomatic) To can (food) domestically; to preserve (meat, fruit or vegetables) by sterilizing and storing in a bottle, jar or can.
    • 1983, Audrey Borenstein, Chimes of Change and Hours: Views of Older Women in Twentieth-century America[2] (non-fiction), Associated University Presses, →ISBN, page 187:
      People made their own cottage cheese, picked wild strawberries and canned them, and put up apples.
  14. (US, Canada, transitive, sports, idiomatic) To score; to accumulate scoring. Ellipsis of to put up on the scoreboard..
    • 2020 April 24, Ken Belson, Ben Shpigel, “Full Round 1 2020 N.F.L. Picks and Analysis”, in the New York Times[3]:
      In addition to putting up nearly 3,300 receiving yards and 32 touchdown receptions in three college seasons, he was also the main punt returner for the Sooners.
    • 2011 August 9, John Kreiser, “The Great One's 23 unbreakable records”, in NHL.com[4]:
      The last player to have more than 140 points in one season was Mario Lemieux, who put up 160 in 1995-96.
  15. (transitive, printing, historical) To set (matter) in capital letters.
  16. Synonym of frame up (falsely pin a crime on)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Verb sense 7 is a set phrase (verb + particle) that always jointly precede a direct object, which usually is an indefinite nominal meaning some type of resistance (e.g. a fight, a stoic defence, the strongest denunciation). Verb sense 4 is also very idiomatic, always taking a direct object before the particle as well as the preposition "to" + indirect object after it (put someone up to something). Most of the verb senses are not so restricted—their direct object can appear before or after the particle (unless that object is a definite pronoun, which as a rule comes before the particle). The last transitive senses 1215 are specific to particular fields, historical periods, etc.

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