Definition of Set up

1. Verb. Set up or found. "She set up a literacy program"

Exact synonyms: Establish, Found, Launch
Generic synonyms: Open, Open Up
Antonyms: Abolish
Derivative terms: Establishment, Foundation, Founder, Founding

2. Verb. Create by putting components or members together. "They set up a committee"

3. Verb. Construct, build, or erect. "Raise a barn"
Exact synonyms: Erect, Put Up, Raise, Rear
Category relationships: Building, Construction
Generic synonyms: Build, Construct, Make
Derivative terms: Erecting, Erection, Erection
Antonyms: Level

4. Verb. Get ready for a particular purpose or event. "Lay out the tools for the surgery"
Exact synonyms: Lay Out, Set
Generic synonyms: Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set
Derivative terms: Set, Setting

5. Verb. Put into a proper or systematic order. "The men set up the bookshelves"; "Arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

6. Verb. Begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.. "Set up an election"

7. Verb. Take or catch as if in a snare or trap. "They want to set up the prisoners "; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
Exact synonyms: Ensnare, Entrap, Frame
Generic synonyms: Cozen, Deceive, Delude, Lead On
Derivative terms: Entrapment, Setup

8. Verb. Produce. "The scientists set up a shock wave"

9. Verb. Set up for use. "They want to set up the doors"; "We put in a new sink"
Exact synonyms: Instal, Install, Put In
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Specialized synonyms: Retrofit, Reinstall, Post, Put Up
Derivative terms: Installing, Instalment, Installation, Installing, Installment

10. Verb. Place. "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
Exact synonyms: Establish, Instal, Install
Derivative terms: Installation

11. Verb. Arrange the outcome of by means of deceit. "Rig an election"
Exact synonyms: Rig
Generic synonyms: Cheat, Chisel
Derivative terms: Rig

12. Verb. Erect and fasten. "Pitch a tent"
Exact synonyms: Pitch
Specialized synonyms: Camp, Camp Down
Generic synonyms: Erect, Rear

13. Verb. Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events. "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
Exact synonyms: Arrange, Order, Put
Specialized synonyms: Contemporise, Contemporize, Synchronise, Synchronize, Phrase
Generic synonyms: Organise, Organize
Derivative terms: Order, Ordering

14. Verb. Equip with sails or masts. "Rig a ship"
Exact synonyms: Rig, Set
Generic synonyms: Equip, Fit, Fit Out, Outfit
Derivative terms: Rig, Rigger, Rigging, Rigging

15. Verb. Make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc. "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

Definition of Set up

1. Verb. To ready something for use. ¹

2. Verb. Logically order. ¹

3. Verb. To cause to happen ¹

4. Verb. To trap or ensnare. ¹

5. Verb. Arrange for an '''outcome'''; to tamper or rig. ¹

6. Verb. To gel or harden. ¹

7. Verb. To make (someone) proud or conceited (often in passive). ¹

8. Verb. To matchmake; to arrange a date between two people. ¹

9. Verb. (sports transitive) To create a goalscoring opportunity (for). ¹

10. Adjective. In a position to function; ready. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Set Up

set squares
set straight
set the Thames on fire
set the bar
set the cat among the pigeons
set the pace
set the stage
set the tone
set the wheels in motion
set theoretically
set theory
set to music
set to work
set tool
set top box
set up (current term)
set up shop
set upon

Literary usage of Set up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"... for that he will), whether this thing be set up in his heart, house, or conversation.1 Then Faithful stepped forward again, and said to Talkative, Come, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The first press was set up in one corner of the shop which was boarded up, and only three men allowed in the room. The first piece drawn up was a washbasin ..."

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