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put up (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of put-up


put up (third-person singular simple present puts up, present participle putting up, simple past and past participle put up)

  1. (transitive) To place in a high location.
    Please put up your luggage in the overhead bins.
  2. (transitive) To hang or mount.
    Many people put up messages on their refrigerators.
  3. (transitive) To style (the hair) up on the head instead of letting it hang down.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To cajole or dare to do something (used with to).
    I think someone put him up to it.
  5. (transitive, idiomatic) To store away.
    Be sure to put up the tools when you finish.
  6. (transitive, idiomatic) To house, shelter, or take in.
    We can put you up for the night.
  7. (transitive, idiomatic) To present, especially in "put up a fight".
    That last fighter put up quite a fight.
    They didn't put up much resistance.
  8. (transitive) To endure, put up with, tolerate.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.7:
      Dionysius of Syracuse, in his exile, was made to stand without dore [...]; he wisely put it up, and laid the fault where it was, on his own pride and scorn, which in his prosperity he had formerly showed others.
  9. (transitive) To provide funds in advance.
    Butty Sugrue put up £300,000 for the Ali–Lewis fight.
  10. (transitive) To build a structure.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, […].
    • 1970, Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi", Ladies of the Canyon:
      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot.
  11. (transitive) To make available, to offer.
    • 2001, Donald Spoto, Marilyn Monroe: The Biography, chapter 3, 39:
      The house on Arbol Drive was put up for sale that autumn; this portion of the street soon vanished, and the land became part of the Hollywood Bowl complex.
    The picture was put up for auction.
    I put my first child up for adoption.
  12. (of meat, fruit and vegetables) To can; to process by sterilising and storing in a bottle or can.
    • 1983, Audrey Borenstein, Chimes of Change and Hours: Views of Older Women in Twentieth-century America, Associated University Presses, →ISBN page 187.
    • People made their own cottage cheese, picked wild strawberries and canned them, and put up apples.

Usage notesEdit

  • The object in senses 1-5 (which ones ??) can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.
  • In sense 6 (which one ??) the object must always come after the particle.

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