set up

  1. put into a proper or systematic order
    arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order
  2. begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
    set up an election
  3. place
    Her manager had set her up at the Ritz
  4. create by putting components or members together
    They set up a committee
    She pieced a quilt
    He tacked together some verses
  5. arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
    rig an election
  6. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    Get the children ready for school!
    prepare for war
    I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill
  7. produce
    The scientists set up a shock wave
  8. equip with sails or masts
    rig a ship
  9. set up for use
    We put in a new sink
    install the washer and dryer
  10. get ready for a particular purpose or event
    set up an experiment
    lay out the tools for the surgery
    set the table
  11. take or catch as if in a snare or trap
    The innocent man was framed by the police
    I was set up!
  12. construct, build, or erect
    Raise a barn
  13. set up or found
    She set up a literacy program
  14. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
    set up one's life
    I put these memories with those of bygone times
    arrange my schedule
  15. erect and fasten
    pitch a tent
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How To Use set up In A Sentence

  • WorldCom promises not to impose a minimum call charge and no set up or monthly rental fee.
  • The caller urges the often elderly victims to transfer their money to a'safe' account set up in their name. Times, Sunday Times
  • The welfare state was not set up to support vast families or single mothers in inter-generational welfare dependency. We deserve a fair society, but it won't be created by a vendetta against the poor
  • The term "strategic" came up again earlier this year, when Ontario's provincial government set up a committee to debate a proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group PLC and TMX Group Inc., operator of Canada's flagship Toronto Stock Exchange. Canada Turns Wary Eye to Foreign Bids
  • The dinner was being hosted by a fledgling company he had set up just months before. Times, Sunday Times
  • Monks from the various orders in Europe had flocked to England to set up religious houses.
  • set up an election
  • For the computer savvy individual, you can set up your daily or weekly schedule to give you an auto-reminder of you resolution.
  • Hopefully when I get a new tank set up, I will have more success in numbers by going by the book.
  • Bond really has to work in this movie - he has to set up his cover well in advance and try not to be noticed.
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