Definition of put up in English:

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phrasal verb

  • 1put something up, put up somethingConstruct or erect something.

    ‘I put up the tent and cooked a meal’
    • ‘The centre will be closing for four days from March 29 to April 2, while temporary buildings are put up on the site.’
    • ‘The report said poor quality buildings were put up in the 1960s and 1970s, and there are even older temporary buildings.’
    • ‘According to descriptions of the event at the time, tents for spectators were put up at the side of the road and bonfires were lit for warmth.’
    • ‘It's unbelievable how quickly they put buildings up.’
    • ‘When there is too little space, a tent is put up in front of people's homes for the guests.’
    • ‘You have to build the foundations of a house before you think about putting the walls up.’
    • ‘In an exposed garden, it is worth putting up a temporary windbreak to protect the cuttings from drying winds.’
    • ‘In seaside towns, they are putting up boards along the seafront, ready for the big waves.’
    • ‘Protesters block the path in North Road, Kew, to prevent the company from putting up a phone mast.’
    • ‘The simple solution of putting up a fence at the school solved the problem, and within months had paid for itself.’
    build, construct, erect, raise, set up
  • 2put something up, put up somethingDisplay a notice, sign, or poster.

    ‘she put up a sign advertising the guest house’
    • ‘‘Mind Your Head’ signs were put up all over the hotel to prevent any accidents.’
    • ‘Since Jamie's death up to three ‘deep water’ signs had been put up.’
    • ‘Companies should apply for the proper permissions before putting signs up.’
    • ‘I have spent much of today helping put up posters.’
    • ‘They then hope to put up a notice board to educate people about the site's history.’
    • ‘The pub was putting up notices telling people to stay away if they intend to smoke.’
    • ‘Your dad has been around town putting up posters with your picture on.’
    • ‘There is no way that the Palace Theatre and Opera House have been involved in putting up fly-posters.’
    • ‘Joe is at the General Store putting up a sign advertising himself as a handyman.’
    • ‘They will also be busy putting up posters and canvassing support around the school at break and lunch times.’
    display, pin up, stick up, hang up, nail up, post
    1. 2.1Present a proposal, theory, or argument for discussion or consideration.
      ‘they asked local architects to put up alternative schemes’
      • ‘That was attacked as being a step that would weaken the union and the same argument has been put up again.’
      • ‘Sometimes arguments are put up which courts do not deal with because they do not have to deal with it.’
      • ‘I can't think of any occasion when this argument was put up before.’
      • ‘I weighed that amendment up very seriously, because I fully believe that the doctor would not have put it up without serious consideration.’
      • ‘I remember, when I put the proposal up to Cabinet, that there were all sorts of comments about how it would be a waste of money, and all that type of thing.’
      • ‘It is of no comfort to them whatsoever to argue for an entrenchment clause, and I am ashamed to think that a lawyer would put it up as a proposal.’
      • ‘It is just possible to put some recommendations up.’
      • ‘That argument is really, really stupid, but it is put up almost every time by people in favour of somehow lowering that top tax rate.’
      • ‘Commanding officers' recommendations are put up to the brigade commander, who receives such recommendations from many of the battalions.’
      propose, put forward, present, submit, recommend, suggest, tender
  • 3put something up, put up somethingBritish Increase the cost of something.

    ‘I'm afraid I've got to put your rent up’
    • ‘We review our prices each August and if fuel continues to increase we will inevitably have to put our prices up.’
    • ‘Of course, you can't entirely blame the small business people who are putting prices up because their suppliers have told them they'll be passing on the full ten percent.’
    • ‘Landlords of rented houses will simply put the rents up to cover the cost, but how are the rest of us supposed to raise the extra money?’
    • ‘We are not putting our prices up.’
    • ‘The claim that we are putting our prices up 25% is nonsense and the message is entirely spurious.’
    • ‘First they put the prices up and now they won't be running the buses at all.’
    • ‘I would have to put the rent up by about £200 a month to cover the mortgage payments.’
    • ‘The travel industry comes in for stick for putting up prices during school holidays.’
    • ‘Small or large companies do not have the luxury of putting up their prices as councils can put up the council tax to cover costs.’
    • ‘They have said they are going to be putting up taxes to cover expenses, which they say will make things better.’
    increase, raise, lift
  • 4put something up, put up somethingProvide money as backing for an enterprise.

    ‘the sponsors are putting up $5,000 for the event’
    • ‘What came through, as well as putting his money up for the club, was how enthusiastic he was.’
    • ‘We believe they did have the knowledge at the time, but they would not put the money up for testing.’
    • ‘My message to the Minister for Education and to the Government will be this - ‘if you believe in it, put the money up and let's get on with it’.’
    • ‘She tried to buy the film from the BBC, which had put the money up.’
    • ‘A London-based private equity group is putting the money up and is backing the management buyout.’
    • ‘I really wouldn't want to divulge figures, as that might be impolite to the folks who are putting the money up.’
    • ‘It is a great idea to put this money up, but the question is - can anyone match it?’
    • ‘I wish they'd put the money up to secure the loose nuclear materials in Russia.’
    • ‘On Friday he was told North Ayrshire would not be putting up the cash, and he is still waiting to hear from the others.’
    • ‘The Government has shown willing by putting up more than half the cost of the Malton and Norton scheme.’
    provide, supply, furnish, give, come up with, contribute, donate, pledge, pay, advance
  • 5put something up, put up somethingOffer or show a particular degree of resistance, effort, or skill in a fight or competitive situation.

    • ‘he put up a brave fight’
  • 6put something up, put up somethingOffer something for sale or auction.

    ‘the mill was closed and put up for sale’
    • ‘The sites were put up for sale after Carlow Town Council decided to sell them to improve the town centre as part of their Local Area Plan.’
    • ‘But a record number of Scotland's sporting estates have been put up for sale this year as their owners cash in on soaring prices.’
    • ‘An exact replica of the painting was put up for sale six months ago by Christie's for around £1million.’
    • ‘It's been more than a year now since the club was put up for sale.’
    • ‘However, this plan was shelved when the centre was put up for sale in December.’
    • ‘These days when a farm is put up for sale it is more likely to be snapped up by a wealthy city worker looking for a weekend retreat than taken on by a new farmer.’
    • ‘Within the last month, the land has been put up for sale.’
    • ‘He had been informed that the remaining sites might be put up for auction.’
    • ‘Even with a torn spine and a small section of the cover missing, the pamphlet is expected to sell for around £700 when it is put up for auction at Christie's, London.’
    • ‘Now one of the most coveted trophies in the horse-racing world, dating back to the 18th century, will be unveiled again when it is put up for auction this month.’
  • 7put someone up, put up someoneAccommodate someone temporarily.

    ‘we're going to put him up for a few days’
    • ‘She asked us where we were staying, and when she heard that we were in a hotel, she said that was a total waste of money, and put us up in her house for three weeks.’
    • ‘The best part is they will put us up at someone's house and take us out every night in Rome.’
    • ‘We put them up in a shared house and pay for their petrol.’
    • ‘The Health Board put her up in a house with the children and that same night she moved a man into the house.’
    • ‘He gladly chose to stay where he was and he was put up in a boarding house.’
    • ‘Presenting himself at Liberty Hall with no money or home, he is put up in a safe house by the union.’
    • ‘The RAF took care of our billeting and put us up with local British residents.’
    • ‘In fact four different people offered to put me up until I found a house, which bearing in mind they hardly knew me, was nice. Bert is from Texas and continually makes references to the Cattleman's Club and the Oil Baron's Ball.’
    • ‘He has been either been sleeping rough or staying at friends' houses when they are able to put him up.’
    • ‘Two hotels were so touched by the men's efforts for charity, that they put them up for nothing.’
    give accommodation to, provide with accommodation, accommodate, house, take in, give a roof to, give a bed to, lodge, quarter, billet
    1. 7.1put upStay temporarily in lodgings other than one's own home.
      • ‘we put up at a hotel in the city center’
  • 8put someone up, put up someonePropose someone for election or adoption.

    ‘they should have put themselves up for election’
    • ‘To hush up the secret in her married mother's middle-class family, she was put up for adoption.’
    • ‘My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.’
    • ‘They loved the baby, but felt too young to take care of her and decided to put her up for adoption.’
    • ‘You know that she never wanted to put me up for adoption.’
    • ‘His mother put him up for adoption, never telling him who his father was.’
    • ‘His parents never married, and he had been put up for adoption.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, at the age of 6, I was put up for adoption.’
    • ‘We were voting for captains today, and I really hoped people would put me up as a candidate.’
    • ‘Maybe all parties should give candidates a mental health screening before putting them up for nomination?’
    • ‘They asked him to use his influence to stop the party putting up candidates against them.’
    nominate, propose, put forward, recommend
  • 9put something up, put up somethingCause game to rise from cover.

    • ‘the dog almost immediately put up a pheasant’
  • 10put something up, put up somethingarchaic Return a sword to its sheath.

    ‘he put up his sword and gave the body a kick’
    • ‘Put up your swords; you know not what you do.’
    • ‘Put up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.’
    • ‘He put up his sword in silence.’
    • ‘He grew calm and put up his sword in its place.’