set up

Primary Meanings of set up

1.
v
create by putting components or members together
2.
v
put into a proper or systematic order
3.
v
take or catch as if in a snare or trap
4.
v
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
Full Definitions of set up
1

v create by putting components or members together

“They set up a committee”
Synonyms:
assemble, piece, put together, tack, tack together
Antonyms:
break apart, break up, disassemble, dismantle, take apart
take apart into its constituent pieces
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comfit, confect, confection
make into a confection
confuse, jumble, mix up
assemble without order or sense
reassemble
assemble once again, after taking something apart
configure
set up for a particular purpose
compound
create by mixing or combining
rig up
erect or construct, especially as a temporary measure
addle, muddle, puddle
mix up or confuse
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v construct, build, or erect

Synonyms:
erect, put up, raise, rear
Antonyms:
dismantle, level, pull down, rase, raze, take down, tear down
tear down so as to make flat with the ground
Type of:
build, construct, make
make by combining materials and parts

v erect and fasten

Synonyms:
pitch
Types:
camp, camp down
establish or set up a camp
Type of:
erect, rear
cause to rise up

v place

Synonyms:
establish, instal, install

v set up or found

“She set up a literacy program”
Synonyms:
establish, found, launch
Antonyms:
abolish, get rid of
do away with
Type of:
open, open up
start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning

v produce

“The scientists set up a shock wave”
Synonyms:
effect, effectuate
Types:
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accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect
draw, get
earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
precipitate
bring about abruptly
hasten, induce, rush, stimulate
cause to occur rapidly
serve
contribute or conduce to
get over
to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end
run
carry out
consummate
make perfect; bring to perfection
consummate
fulfill sexually
do, perform
get (something) done
complete, discharge, dispatch
complete or carry out
facilitate, help
be of use
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
2

v put into a proper or systematic order

Synonyms:
arrange
Antonyms:
disarrange
destroy the arrangement or order of
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regularise, regularize
make regular or more regular
order
place in a certain order
order
bring order to or into
straighten
make straight or straighter
rearrange
put into a new order or arrangement
serialise, serialize
arrange serially
alphabetise, alphabetize
arrange in alphabetical order
coordinate, organise, organize
bring order and organization to
stratify
form layers or strata
draw, string, thread
thread on or as if on a string
marshal
arrange in logical order
string
stretch out or arrange like a string
spread out, string out
set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series
plume, preen
clean with one's bill
stack
arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances
chain
connect or arrange into a chain by linking
geminate, pair
arrange in pairs
concord
arrange the words of a text so as to create a concordance
cascade
arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible
settle
arrange or fix in the desired order
pyramid
arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid
corral
arrange wagons so that they form a corral
catenate, catenulate
arrange in a series of rings or chains, as for spores
decorate, dress
provide with decoration
array, lay out, range, set out
lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
bundle, compact, pack, wad
compress into a wad
heap, pile, stack
arrange in stacks
distribute, stagger
to arrange in a systematic order
drape
arrange in a particular way
drape
place casually
set
fix in a border
gradate
arrange according to grades
line up
form a line
clean up, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up
put (things or places) in order
recode
put into a different code; rearrange mentally
reshuffle
reorganize and assign posts to different people
structure
give a structure to
interlock, mesh
coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
even, even out
make even or more even
systematise, systematize, systemise, systemize
arrange according to a system or reduce to a system
bead
string together like beads
collate
to assemble in proper sequence
disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
extricate from entanglement
concatenate
combine two strings to form a single one
compart
lay out in parts according to a plan
puddle
work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
rick
pile in ricks
cord
stack in cords
wire
string on a wire
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

set up one's life”
Synonyms:
arrange, order, put
Types:
contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize
arrange or represent events so that they co-occur
phrase
divide, combine, or mark into phrases
Type of:
organise, organize
cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
3

v take or catch as if in a snare or trap

“I was set up!”
Synonyms:
ensnare, entrap, frame
Type of:
cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
be false to; be dishonest with

v arrange the outcome of by means of deceit

Synonyms:
rig
Type of:
cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud
4

v make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

Synonyms:
fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set
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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
crop, cultivate, work
prepare for crops
brace, poise
prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
overcrop, overcultivate
to exhaust by excessive cultivation
nerve, steel
get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.

set up an election”
Type of:
devise, get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare
arrange by systematic planning and united effort

v get ready for a particular purpose or event

Synonyms:
lay out, set
Type of:
fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

v set up for use

Synonyms:
instal, install, put in
Types:
retrofit
fit in or on an existing structure, such as an older house
reinstall
install again
post, put up
place so as to be noticed
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v equip with sails or masts

Synonyms:
rig, set
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

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