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Definition of the adjective set up

What does set up mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective

  1. In a position to function; ready.
    • synonyms: (In a position to function) prepared, ready

Definition of the verb set up

What does set up mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. set up or found
    • example: She set up a literacy program
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of set up: establish / found / launch
    • more generic terms: open / open up = start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
  2. create by putting components or members together
  3. construct, build, or erect
  4. get ready for a particular purpose or event
    • example: set up an experiment
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of set up: lay out / set
    • more generic terms: fix / gear up / prepare / ready / set = make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  5. put into a proper or systematic order
    • examples: They set up the bags on the table | The men set up the bookshelves
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on / upon [Destination] [Theme]They put upon me a brilliant, red helm

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): place, put, set, stick.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of set up: arrange
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific terms:
  6. begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
  7. take or catch as if in a snare or trap
  8. produce
  9. set up for use
    • example: They want to set up the doors
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribblingImage Creation Verbs: annotate, applique, emboss, embroider, engrave, etch, imprint, incise, inscribe, mark, paint, scar, set, sign, stamp, tattoo
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination]Smith was inscribing the rings
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Smith inscribed the ring with his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Smith inscribed his name
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Smith inscribed his name on the ring
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce thereVerbs of Putting: place, put, set, stick
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on / upon [Destination] [Theme]They put upon me a brilliant, red helm
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of set up: instal / install / put in
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific terms:
      • retrofit = fit in or on an existing structure, such as an older house
      • reinstall = install again
      • put up / post = place so as to be noticed
  10. place
  11. arrange the outcome of by means of deceit
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of set up: rig
    • more generic words: cheat / chisel = engage in deceitful behavior
  12. erect and fasten
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of set up: pitch
    • more generic words: erect / rear = cause to rise up
    • more specific terms: camp down / camp = establish or set up a camp
  13. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
  14. equip with sails or masts
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of set up: rig / set
    • more generic terms: equip / fit / fit out / outfit = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  15. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of set up: fix / gear up / prepare / ready / set
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific terms:
      • socialise / socialize = prepare for social life
      • provide = take measures in preparation for
      • cram = prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
      • precondition = put into the required condition beforehand
      • fix = kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
      • mount = fix onto a backing, setting, or support
      • lay out / set = get ready for a particular purpose or event
      • winterise / winterize = prepare for winter
      • summerise / summerize = prepare for summer
      • prime = insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
      • cultivate / crop / work = prepare for crops
      • brace / poise = prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Alternative definition of the verb set up

verb

  1. To ready something for use.
  2. Logically order.
  3. To cause to happen
  4. To trap or ensnare.
  5. Arrange for an 'outcome'; to tamper or rig.
  6. To gel or harden.
  7. To make (someone) proud or conceited (often in passive).
  8. To matchmake; to arrange a date between two people.
  9. [sport, transitive] To create a goalscoring opportunity (for).

Films

  1. "Set Up" a.k.a. "Setup" is an action thriller heist film directed by Mike Gunther and written by Gunther and Mike Behrman. It stars 50 Cent, Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe.
  2. "Set Up" a.k.a. "The Set-Up" is a 1995 crime thriller film. Directed by Strathford Hamilton.
  3. "Set Up" is a 2005 Hong Kong horror film produced and written by Wong Jing, directed by Billy Chung and starring Christy Chung, Michael Tse and Roy Cheung.

Writings

"Set up" is a book by Claire McNab.

  • also known as "Set Up (A Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery)"
  • genres: Mystery, Suspense
  • subjects: Police, Australia

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Set Up

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Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant (1890)

Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Tinker's Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Set up (American), conceited. "You needn't be so tet up about it," is a very common expression. Seven pennyworth (thieves), seven years' penal servitude. Sewed up (popular), vide SEWN UP. Sewer (London), the Underground Railway.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of North-East India (2006)

by T. Raatan

Thereafter, two schools were set up in 1906, one for the Bhutia boys named as Bhutia Boarding School and another named as Nepali Boarding School for Nepalese boys. But, very soon in 1924 both the Bhutia and Nepali Boarding Schools ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies) (2007)

by Donald Kenrick

Temporary camps were set up around Oslo. In 1961 the authorities in Oslo discussed the problem of Romany children not going to school. The Mission for the Homeless, set up for the Norwegian Travelers, was still involved and suggested ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

turned turning turnover volteface wheel Reversal down indicators include: arise ascend ascendant bring up climb come up elevate elevated give rise to hold up keel over mount over overturn put up raised rise rising send up serve up set up ...

Google previewThe Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (1998)

by Stelman Smith, Judson Cornwall

Same as Jehoiakim = The LORD will set up; Jehovah has ...

Google previewCocopa Dictionary (1989)

by James Mack Crawford

set up a camp, to cknyar, cknya . r ( dpi ) settle to the bottom, to cknyar, ...

Google previewA Political and Economic Dictionary of Africa (2013)

by David Seddon

Set up in mid1992 shortly after the ANC's Ready to Govern document was adopted, MERG drew on the experience of 100 economists, most of them foreign academics, and included leading figures from the ANC, the Confederation of South ...

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb set up:

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Hell must be isothermal; for otherwise the resident engineers and physical chemists (of which there must be some) could set up a heat engine to run a refrigerator to cool off a portion of their surroundings to any desired temperature. (Henry Albert Ben)
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