Definition of put something up in English:

put something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Construct or erect something.

    ‘I put up the tent and cooked a meal’
    • ‘In an exposed garden, it is worth putting up a temporary windbreak to protect the cuttings from drying winds.’
    • ‘The report said poor quality buildings were put up in the 1960s and 1970s, and there are even older temporary buildings.’
    • ‘Protesters block the path in North Road, Kew, to prevent the company from putting up a phone mast.’
    • ‘In seaside towns, they are putting up boards along the seafront, ready for the big waves.’
    • ‘The simple solution of putting up a fence at the school solved the problem, and within months had paid for itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have to build the foundations of a house before you think about putting the walls up.’
    • ‘The centre will be closing for four days from March 29 to April 2, while temporary buildings are put up on the site.’
    • ‘When there is too little space, a tent is put up in front of people's homes for the guests.’
    build, construct, erect, raise, set up
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  • 2Raise one's hand to signal that one wishes to answer or ask a question.

    • ‘Perhaps we could put the lights up and if there's a question that you have, put your hand up.’
    • ‘We watched him putting his hand up to ask a question during a lecture.’
    • ‘In class, he put his hand up so often and got the wrong answer so frequently that his teachers told him to shut up.’
    • ‘I then had history where I put my hand up 12 times and answered correctly.’
    • ‘She told him to put his hand up when he had a question.’
  • 3Display a notice, sign, or poster.

    ‘she put up a sign advertising the guest house’
    • ‘They then hope to put up a notice board to educate people about the site's history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The pub was putting up notices telling people to stay away if they intend to smoke.’
    • ‘I have spent much of today helping put up posters.’
    • ‘Your dad has been around town putting up posters with your picture on.’
    display, pin up, stick up, hang up, nail up, post
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    1. 3.1 Present 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I weighed that amendment up very seriously, because I fully believe that the doctor would not have put it up without serious consideration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Commanding officers' recommendations are put up to the brigade commander, who receives such recommendations from many of the battalions.’
      • ‘It is just possible to put some recommendations up.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      propose, put forward, present, submit, recommend, suggest, tender
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  • 4British 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The travel industry comes in for stick for putting up prices during school holidays.’
    • ‘First they put the prices up and now they won't be running the buses at all.’
    • ‘The claim that we are putting our prices up 25% is nonsense and the message is entirely spurious.’
    • ‘They have said they are going to be putting up taxes to cover expenses, which they say will make things better.’
    • ‘We are not putting our prices up.’
    • ‘I would have to put the rent up by about £200 a month to cover the mortgage payments.’
    • ‘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?’
    increase, raise, lift
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  • 5Provide money as backing for an enterprise.

    ‘the sponsors are putting up £5,000 for the event’
    • ‘I really wouldn't want to divulge figures, as that might be impolite to the folks who are putting the money up.’
    • ‘We believe they did have the knowledge at the time, but they would not put the money up for testing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What came through, as well as putting his money up for the club, was how enthusiastic he was.’
    • ‘I wish they'd put the money up to secure the loose nuclear materials in Russia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘It is a great idea to put this money up, but the question is - can anyone match it?’
    provide, supply, furnish, give, come up with, contribute, donate, pledge, pay, advance
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  • 6Offer or show a particular degree of resistance, effort, or skill in a fight or competitive situation.

    ‘he put up a brave fight’
    • ‘The spokesman said that to his knowledge no resistance had been put up to the show of strength and no casualties had resulted.’
    • ‘The girls started well and despite putting up a brave battle lost out to the stronger side.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the team for getting so far and for putting up a good fight!’
    • ‘Still, they have a long way to go, even if they were clearly putting up a fight.’
    • ‘We will back whatever resistance is put up by the administration.’
    • ‘But the break did not help her as she lost the set and the match without even putting up a fight.’
    • ‘I would be surprised if much resistance is put up.’
    • ‘She put up a struggle which resulted in her head being struck against a wall and the suspect fled.’
    • ‘There are those who still blame McConnell for not putting up a bigger fight.’
    • ‘Others say they are willing to put up a fight in an effort to stay in Moss Side.’
    • ‘He's going to resist and resent and put a fight up.’
  • 7Offer something for sale or auction.

    ‘the mill was closed and put up for sale’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, this plan was shelved when the centre was put up for sale in December.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within the last month, the land has been 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's been more than a year now since the club was put up for sale.’
    • ‘He had been informed that the remaining sites might be put up for auction.’
  • 8Cause game to rise from cover.

    ‘his dog put up an otter from the riverside’
    • ‘The old boy I used to go out with had a great little Jack Russel, not the fastest thing on four legs, but by God when he put a rabbit up he would follow it.’
    • ‘I foraged about, and put a deer up.’
    • ‘One of the dogs put a pheasant up.’
  • 9archaic Return a sword to its sheath.

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