Set up - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈset ʌp|  American pronunciation of the word set up
Brit.  |ˈsetʌp|  British pronunciation of the word set up


- set up or found (syn: establish, found, launch)
She set up a literacy program
- create by putting components or members together (syn: assemble, piece, tack)
They set up a committee
- construct, build, or erect (syn: erect, put up, raise, rear)
- get ready for a particular purpose or event (syn: lay out, set)
set up an experiment
- put into a proper or systematic order (syn: arrange)
- begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
set up an election
- take or catch as if in a snare or trap (syn: ensnare, entrap, frame)
I was set up!
- produce (syn: effect, effectuate)
The scientists set up a shock wave
- set up for use (syn: instal, install, put in)
- place (syn: establish, instal, install)
- arrange the outcome of by means of deceit (syn: rig)
- erect and fasten (syn: pitch)
- arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events (syn: arrange, order, put)
set up one's life
- equip with sails or masts (syn: rig, set)
- make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc (syn: fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set)

Extra examples

They needed the money to set up a special school for gifted children.

He gave his son some capital to set him up.

This wet weather sets up the ache in my old wound.

You need a holiday to set you up again after all that hard work.

We had to set him up with a large sum of money.

The crowd set up a shout as the winner neared the post.

He doesn't set himself up to be an experienced painter, but his work is pleasing to the eye.

The young swimmer has set up a new fast time for the backstroke.

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

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

Do you know how to set up a tent?

The journal was set up in 1924.

I'm not to blame; I've been set up.

She set up a literacy program

They set up a committee

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