set up
Verb

set up

  1. To ready something for use.
    We set up the sprinkler.
  2. To arrange logically.
    Set up my CD collection.
  3. To cause to happen.
    Even a minor change can set up new bugs.
  4. To trap or ensnare.
    I've got to set up that tasty rabbit.
  5. To arrange for an outcome; to tamper or rig.
    The election was set up!
  6. To gel or harden.
    Give the cement 24 hours to set up before walking on it.
  7. to provide the money or other support that someone needs for an important task or activity.
    Winning the lottery has set them up for life.
    A good breakfast really sets you up for the day.
  8. to establish someone in a business or position.
    After he left college, his father set him up in the family business.
    She set herself up as an interior designer.
  9. (informal) to trick someone in order to make them do something.
    They claimed that they weren't selling drugs, but that they'd been set up by the police.
  10. To make (someone) proud or conceited (often in passive).
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, pp. 286-7:
      M. Robespierre looked at me sideways and smiled and said to Madame, ‘You're a young lady after my own heart.’ This set her up for the day.
  11. To matchmake; to arrange a date between two people.
  12. (sports, transitive) To create a goalscoring opportunity (for).
  13. (dated, intransitive) To begin business or a scheme of life.
    to set up in trade; to set up for oneself
  14. To profess openly; to make pretensions.
    • 1744 (first printed) Jonathan Swift, On the Testimony of Conscience
      those men who set up for morality without regard to religion, are generally virtuous but in part
  15. To found; to start (a business, scheme)
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: riordinare
  • Russian: расставля́ть
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: assestarsi, solidificarsi
  • Spanish: fortalecer
Adjective

set up

  1. In a position to function; ready.
    Now that I'm set up, this will take moments!
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