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’
    • ‘When there is too little space, a tent is put up in front of people's homes for the guests.’
    • ‘The report said poor quality buildings were put up in the 1960s and 1970s, and there are even older temporary buildings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 centre will be closing for four days from March 29 to April 2, while temporary buildings are put up on the site.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps we could put the lights up and if there's a question that you have, put your hand 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’
    • ‘Joe is at the General Store putting up a sign advertising himself as a handyman.’
    • ‘They then hope to put up a notice board to educate people about the site's history.’
    • ‘‘Mind Your Head’ signs were put up all over the hotel to prevent any accidents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will also be busy putting up posters and canvassing support around the school at break and lunch times.’
    • ‘Since Jamie's death up to three ‘deep water’ signs had been put up.’
    • ‘I have spent much of today helping put up posters.’
    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 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 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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘That was attacked as being a step that would weaken the union and the same argument has been put up again.’
      • ‘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
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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.’
    • ‘The travel industry comes in for stick for putting up prices during school holidays.’
    • ‘We are not putting 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?’
    • ‘I would have to put the rent up by about £200 a month to cover the mortgage payments.’
    • ‘They have said they are going to be putting up taxes to cover expenses, which they say will make things better.’
    • ‘The claim that we are putting our prices up 25% is nonsense and the message is entirely spurious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First they put the prices up and now they won't be running the buses at all.’
    increase, raise, lift
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  • 5Provide money as backing for an enterprise.

    ‘the sponsors are putting up £5,000 for the event’
    • ‘On Friday he was told North Ayrshire would not be putting up the cash, and he is still waiting to hear from the others.’
    • ‘She tried to buy the film from the BBC, which had put the money up.’
    • ‘What came through, as well as putting his money up for the club, was how enthusiastic he was.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wish they'd put the money up to secure the loose nuclear materials in Russia.’
    • ‘We believe they did have the knowledge at the time, but they would not put the money up for testing.’
    • ‘It is a great idea to put this money up, but the question is - can anyone match it?’
    • ‘The Government has shown willing by putting up more than half the cost of the Malton and Norton scheme.’
    • ‘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’.’
    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’
    • ‘Others say they are willing to put up a fight in an effort to stay in Moss Side.’
    • ‘But the break did not help her as she lost the set and the match without even putting up a fight.’
    • ‘We will back whatever resistance is put up by the administration.’
    • ‘She put up a struggle which resulted in her head being struck against a wall and the suspect fled.’
    • ‘Still, they have a long way to go, even if they were clearly putting up a fight.’
    • ‘There are those who still blame McConnell for not putting up a bigger fight.’
    • ‘I would be surprised if much resistance is put up.’
    • ‘The girls started well and despite putting up a brave battle lost out to the stronger side.’
    • ‘The spokesman said that to his knowledge no resistance had been put up to the show of strength and no casualties had resulted.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the team for getting so far and for putting up a good fight!’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had been informed that the remaining sites might be put up for auction.’
    • ‘However, this plan was shelved when the centre was put up for sale in December.’
    • ‘Within the last month, the land has been put up for sale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘Put up your swords; you know not what you do.’
    • ‘He grew calm and put up his sword in its place.’
    • ‘Put up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.’
    • ‘He put up his sword in silence.’