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English verb: set up

1. set up (social) set up or found


SamplesShe set up a literacy program.


Synonymsestablish, found, launch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)open, open up


Antonymsabolish, get rid of

2. set up (creation) create by putting components or members together


SamplesShe pieced a quilt.
He tacked together some verses.
They set up a committee.


Synonymsassemble, piece, put together, tack, tack together


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring together, create, join, make


Narrower (hyponym)comfit, compound, confect, confection, configure, confuse, jumble, mix up, reassemble, rig up


Antonymsbreak apart, disassemble, take apart, dismantle, break up

3. set up (creation) construct, build, or erect


SamplesRaise a barn.


Synonymserect, put up, raise, rear


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)build, construct, make


Domain categorybuilding, construction


Antonymsdismantle, pull down, rase, raze, tear down, level, take down

4. set up (change) get ready for a particular purpose or event


SamplesSet up an experiment.
Set the table.
Lay out the tools for the surgery.


Synonymslay out, set


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up

5. set up (contact) put into a proper or systematic order


SamplesArrange the books on the shelves in chronological order.


ExamplesThey set up the bags on the table, The men set up the bookshelves


Synonymsarrange


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set


Narrower (hyponym)alphabetise, alphabetize, array, bundle, cascade, catenate, catenulate, chain, compact, concord, coordinate, corral, decorate, distribute, drape, drape, draw, dress, geminate, gradate, heap, lay out, line up, marshal, order, order, organise, organize, pack, pair, pile, plume, preen, pyramid, range, rearrange, regularise, regularize, serialise, serialize, set, set out, settle, spread out, stack, stack, stagger, straighten, stratify, string, string, string out, thread, wad


Antonymsdisarrange

6. set up (creation) begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.


SamplesSet up an election.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)devise, get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare

7. set up (social) take or catch as if in a snare or trap


SamplesI was set up!.
The innocent man was framed by the police.


ExamplesThey want to set up the prisoners


Synonymsensnare, entrap, frame


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

8. set up (creation) produce


SamplesThe scientists set up a shock wave.


Synonymseffect, effectuate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make


Narrower (hyponym)accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, draw, execute, fulfil, fulfill, get, hasten, induce, precipitate, rush, serve, stimulate


Causecome about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

9. set up (contact) set up for use


SamplesInstall the washer and dryer.
We put in a new sink.


ExamplesThey want to set up the doors


Synonymsinstal, install, put in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set


Narrower (hyponym)post, put up, reinstall, retrofit

10. set up (contact) place


SamplesHer manager had set her up at the Ritz.


Synonymsestablish, instal, install


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

11. set up (social) arrange the outcome of by means of deceit


SamplesRig an election.


Synonymsrig


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel

12. set up (contact) erect and fasten


SamplesPitch a tent.


Synonymspitch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)erect, rear


Narrower (hyponym)camp, camp down

13. set up (cognition) arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events


SamplesArrange my schedule.
Set up one's life.
I put these memories with those of bygone times.


Synonymsarrange, order, put


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)organise, organize


Narrower (hyponym)contemporise, contemporize, phrase, synchronise, synchronize

14. set up (change) equip with sails or masts


SamplesRig a ship.


Synonymsrig, set


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)equip, fit, fit out, outfit

15. set up (change) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc


SamplesGet the children ready for school!.
Prepare for war.
I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill.


Synonymsfix, gear up, prepare, ready, set


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)brace, cram, crop, cultivate, fix, lay out, mount, poise, precondition, prime, provide, set, set up, socialise, socialize, summerise, summerize, winterise, winterize, work









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