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  Definition of Set up
  1. 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"
  2. get ready for a particular purpose or event; "set up an experiment"; "set the table"; "lay out the tools for the surgery"
  3. equip with sails, masts, etc.; "rig a ship"
  4. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one''s life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
  5. put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
  6. erect and fasten; "pitch a tent"
  7. set up for use; "install the washer and dryer"; "We put in a new sink"
  8. place; "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
  9. produce; "The scientists set up a shockwave"
  10. make by putting pieces together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"
  11. construct, build, or erect; "Raise a barn"
  12. begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.; "set up an election"
  13. set up or found; "She set up a literacy program"
  14. arrange the outcome of by means of deceit; "rig an election"
  15. take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
  16. well established and ready to function; "things I can do now that I''m set up"
Similar Words: fix, prepare, ready, gear up, set, lay out, rig, arrange, put, order, pitch, install, instal, put in, establish, effect, effectuate, bring about, assemble, piece, put together, tack, tack together, raise, erect, rear, put up, found, launch, ensnare, entrap, frame


Hyponyms: socialize, socialise, provide, cram, precondition, fix, mount, lay out, set, winterize, winterise, summerize, summerise, prime, cultivate, crop, work, brace, poise, synchronize, synchronise, contemporize, contemporise, regularize, regularise, order, straighten, rearrange, serialize, serialise, alphabetize, alphabetise, organize, organise, coordinate, stratify, string, thread, draw, marshal, string out, spread out, preen, plume, stack, chain, pair, geminate, concord, cascade, settle, pyramid, corral, catenate, catenulate, dress, decorate, range, array, set out, pack, bundle, wad, compact, pile, heap, stagger, distribute, drape, gradate, line up, camp, camp down, retrofit, reinstall, post, put up, carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil, get, precipitate, induce, stimulate, rush, hasten, serve, confect, confection, comfit, jumble, confuse, mix up, reassemble, configure, compound, rig up


Derivational Morphology: set, readiness, ready, preparation, readying, preparedness, place setting, setting, rig, rigging, rigger, tackle, ordering, order, ordination, placement, arrangement, organizer, organiser, arranger, installation, installing, installment, instalment, facility, effect, consequence, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot, implementation, effectuation, effecter, effector, piece, collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage, hookup, erection, erecting, foundation, founder, beginner, founding father, father, initiation, founding, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration, constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation, swindle, cheat, frame-up, setup, entrapment


Anagrams: upset, setup


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