Definition of set up in English:

set up

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phrasal verb

  • 1set something up, set up somethingPlace or erect something in position.

    ‘police set up a roadblock on Tenth Street’
    • ‘An all points bulletin was immediately issued for the car and several roadblocks were set up, but the police came up empty-handed.’
    • ‘In other areas, police road blocks were set up near polls to intimidate voters.’
    • ‘Microphones and lights were set up and cameras positioned in readiness.’
    • ‘He tipped the rifle over the edge of the building, setting the bipod up, and positioned his suitcase as a seat, sitting on top of it.’
    • ‘But in cases of severe repeat offending, a mobile camera operated by police officers will be set up in the area.’
    • ‘Police barricades were set up to keep the crowd under control.’
    • ‘Both carriageways were blocked for more than eight hours and diversions were set up while police investigated the accident.’
    • ‘Central computers could be set up in police stations with satellite computers covering different districts, towns or even single streets.’
    • ‘To spin the wheels, they are set up in position with liquids on the ground.’
    • ‘At the Dubliner that Friday, a massive white tent had been erected in the parking lot, and portable heaters were set up on the concrete to fend off the March chill.’
    erect, put up, construct, build, raise, elevate
  • 2set something up, set up somethingEstablish a business, institution, or other organization.

    ‘she set up the business with a $4,000 bank loan’
    • ‘clergy have a prime role in setting up schools’
    • ‘Every working day this year 80 businesses will be set up, so that by the end of the year there will be 20,000 new enterprises fighting it out, according to Bank of Ireland.’
    • ‘Building societies were set up as mutual institutions, which means that those with accounts become members and have certain rights to vote on issues affecting the society.’
    • ‘Some of our main institutions were set up under British occupation in the 1920s, and there is still a British cemetery near Basra.’
    • ‘But other institutions were set up alongside the Security Council, which were also developments from the arrangements of the League.’
    • ‘Nobody, no matter how good she or he is, can be responsible for establishing a programme, setting it up, running it, and evaluating it themselves.’
    • ‘Some rehabilitation centers have been set up by non-profit organizations to help those who escaped.’
    • ‘Many organizations have been set up by Grenadian Americans in the United States whose main objective is to send monies for support back to the Island.’
    • ‘Since then a youth club has been set up and police say the problems seem to have died down.’
    • ‘In England and Wales borough and country police forces were set up under the control of local magistrates in 1835 and 1839 respectively.’
    • ‘Community police forums have been set up in almost every town in the country.’
    establish, start, begin, get going, initiate, institute, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, lay the foundations of
    1. 2.1Make the arrangements necessary for something.
      ‘he asked if I would like him to set up a meeting with the president’
      • ‘Following six months of meetings and negotiations, an arrangement was set up whereby up to 10,000 farmers had either part or the whole of their debts written off.’
      • ‘Interim arrangements will be set up to cover those currently paying into other acceptable future savings vehicles.’
      • ‘However, an arranged marriage was set up with a cousin, whom she had never met before, in Pakistan when she was 19.’
      • ‘An annual series of meetings will be set up to consider local and regional community problems.’
      • ‘Public meetings have been set up to explain the move to tenants.’
      • ‘At this time, there is a main council meeting, and committee heads go over the budget, then more meetings are set up and the committee heads go over the whole budget, describing line by line what everything is.’
      • ‘We are trying to set a meeting up with residents as we feel we can bend over backwards to meet their concerns.’
      • ‘She did email back to apologise and try and set another meeting up, but I've heard nothing now for 2 weeks.’
      • ‘Follow-up refresher meetings were set up 1 week later, every 2 weeks for 2 months, and once a month for 3 months.’
      • ‘A baggage boss at Manchester Airport was caught red-handed stealing from luggage after a sting operation was set up by police.’
      arrange, organize, fix, fix up, fix a time for, schedule, timetable, sort out, line up
  • 3set someone up, set up someoneEstablish someone in a particular capacity, occupation, or role.

    ‘his father set him up in business’
    • ‘he set himself up as an attorney in St. Louis’
    • ‘I guess that tournament has set us up as an established football country in the minds of the rest of the world.’
    • ‘He knew so little about her that he wondered if she might be better off if he sent her back to San Francisco and set her up in her own establishment.’
    • ‘Her father is a rich industrialist who sets him up as a nightclub-owner.’
    • ‘They found that I had an artistic bent and set me up to show a few pieces at a local craft fair.’
    • ‘Now that you are set up with a job and a place to stay you no longer need my tips and advice on breaking into Sydney.’
    • ‘If, as a clergyman, you are set up by society to be bigger and better than an ordinary mortal, how easy it must be to think that you control others.’
    • ‘Here, you learn that he scrounged together enough cash to set you up with a house, basic tools, a cow, and a small farming fund.’
    • ‘They got us working together and set us up with some fine gigs and class engagements.’
    • ‘Darn my parents for their early starts in their careers and their relationship together, setting me up with these ridiculous aspirations and expectations!’
    • ‘‘I suppose that more or less set me up to be more interested in being self employed than working for someone else,’ said Terry.’
    establish
    1. 3.1set oneself up as something, set up oneself as somethingClaim to be or act like a specified kind of person (used to indicate skepticism as to someone's right or ability to do so)
      ‘he set himself up as a crusader for higher press and broadcasting standards’
      • ‘I do not need bureaucrats or faculty members from distant fields telling me what to do, especially when they set themselves up as the ultimate arbiters of ethics and professional conduct.’
      • ‘Those post-war idealists were setting themselves up as communicators in opposition to persuasion, which was seen as a manipulative way of treating other people.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'm in no way setting myself up as an expert.’
      • ‘Not that I'm setting myself up as an arbiter of good taste or reasonableness.’
      • ‘It is a bit rich setting himself up as the saviour of devolution when he has done so much to create widespread public dissatisfaction.’
      • ‘He may operate either as a self-sabotaging wimp with a pattern of failure, or he'll be the tyrant, setting himself up as unassailable and perfect, needing to eliminate any threat to his power.’
      • ‘I hate that she opens by setting herself up as being so ‘reasonable’ against the shrieking ‘younger feminists’.’
      • ‘So when anyone sets themselves up as knowing comedy and being able to say what's funny or who's funny, it's always - I tend to be more respectful of the process.’
      • ‘He sets himself up as an expert on matters in which he does not have a clue and confuses Catholics into thinking that geocentrism is a) true and b) matters to the faith.’
      • ‘The President sets himself up as a bold and principled Everyman, so, in theory at least, he cannot back down or lose some of his edge.’
    2. 3.2set someone up, set up someone informal Arrange a meeting between one person and another, with the aim of encouraging a romantic relationship between them.
      • ‘Todd tried to set her up with one of his friends’
      • ‘Lucy's friends have managed to set her up with quite a collection of guys.’
      • ‘Perhaps setting her up with one of his sons would be inappropriate.’
      • ‘I don't even know the girl and she wants me to set her up with my brother.’
      • ‘Several years ago a close friend set me up with her boyfriend's older brother.’
      • ‘I can't believe you set me up with an accountant.’
      • ‘At three o'clock, Kendall decided it was time to temporarily forget about setting her brother up with her best friend.’
      • ‘I've been trying to set him up with Lauren!’
      • ‘His friends get him a nice apartment and try to set him up with a girl.’
      • ‘They were always trying to set her up with a "nice guy," but Kayla was never interested.’
      • ‘"I thought you were trying to set her up with William," Jane commented when they were out of earshot.’
  • 4set someone up, set up someone informal Make an innocent person appear guilty of something.

    • ‘suppose Norton had set him up for Ingram's murder?’
    • ‘If Michael is innocent then he was set up by his friends.’
    • ‘He informed her that Nathan appeared to be setting her up to take the fall for the bank fraud, and advised her to seek counsel.’
    • ‘He claims he was set up by a travelling companion.’
    • ‘Kelly is baffled by his interview, but once the piece goes out he realises he has been set up.’
    falsely incriminate, frame, fabricate evidence against, trap, entrap
  • 5set something up, set up somethingBegin making a loud sound.

    • ‘a colony of monkeys had set up a racket in the canopy’
  • 6set someone up, set up someone dated Restore or enhance the health of someone.

    ‘after my operation the doctor recommended a cruise to set me up again’
    • ‘Exercising first thing in the morning will set you up for the rest of the day.’
    • ‘The hearty breakfast will set you up for a day's walking with the dog along the Solway Coast or into the Lake District fells’
    • ‘A Barraquito (coffee, condensed and regular milk, cinnamon, lemon peel and a shot of the local liqueur) will set you up nicely for a visit to the fascinating Museum of Man and Nature.’
    • ‘Ensure you have an ample breakfast to set you up for the ride and have a recovery drink or snack on hand for your return.’
    • ‘Stop for lunch at one of the mountain restaurants, where a hearty helping of the local speciality, Carinthian cheese dumplings, should set you up for the afternoon.’
    restore to health, make better, make stronger, strengthen, build up, invigorate, energize, fortify