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Definition of 'set up'


  1. set up or found; "She set up a literacy program"
       Synonyms: establish found launch
       Antonyms: abolish get rid of
  2. create by putting components or members together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee"
       Synonyms: assemble piece put together tack tack together
       Antonyms: disassemble dismantle take apart break up break apart
  3. construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
       Synonyms: raise erect rear put up
       Antonyms: level raze rase dismantle tear down take down pull down
  4. get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the surgery"
       Synonyms: lay out set
  5. put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
       Synonyms: arrange
       Antonyms: disarrange
  6. begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.; "set up an election"
  7. take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
       Synonyms: ensnare entrap frame
  8. produce; "The scientists set up a shock wave"
       Synonyms: effect effectuate
  9. set up for use; "install the washer and dryer"; "We put in a new sink"
       Synonyms: install instal put in
  10. place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
       Synonyms: install instal establish
  11. arrange the outcome of by means of deceit; "rig an election"
       Synonyms: rig
  12. erect and fasten; "pitch a tent"
       Synonyms: pitch
  13. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
       Synonyms: arrange put order
  14. equip with sails or masts; "rig a ship"
       Synonyms: rig set
  15. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
       Synonyms: fix prepare ready gear up set


  1. well established and ready to function; "things I can do now that I'm set up"

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