1. [ verb ] set up or found
Synonyms: establish launch found

"She set up a literacy program"

Related terms: abolish open constitution foundation
2. [ verb ] make by putting pieces together
Synonyms: assemble put_together tack_together tack piece

"She pieced a quilt" "He tacked together some verses"

Related terms: disassemble make join reassemble rig_up jumble confect compound configure hookup
3. [ verb ] construct, build, or erect
Synonyms: erect put_up raise rear

"Raise a barn"

Related terms: level construct construction erecting
4. [ verb ] get ready for a particular purpose or event
Synonyms: lay_out set

"set up an experiment" "set the table" "lay out the tools for the surgery"

Related terms: prepare set
5. [ adjective ] well established and ready to function

"things I can do now that I'm set up"

Related terms: established
6. [ verb ] put into a proper or systematic order
Synonyms: arrange

"arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

Related terms: disarrange situate put organize stack range set rearrange line_up drape string_out string pack drape marshal order stack settle alphabetize stratify order chain geminate gradate pyramid corral cascade straighten dress catenate regularize string concord preen tuck serialize placement
7. [ verb ] begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.

"set up an election"

Related terms: organize
8. [ verb ] cause to happen or occur
Synonyms: effect bring_about effectuate

"The scientists set up a shockwave"

Related terms: cause carry_through serve induce precipitate draw effect implementation effecter anticipate happen
9. [ verb ] take or catch as if in a snare or trap
Synonyms: frame entrap ensnare

"I was set up!" "The innocent man was framed by the police"

Related terms: deceive frame-up
10. [ verb ] set up for use
Synonyms: install instal put_in

"install the washer and dryer" "We put in a new sink"

Related terms: situate put post reinstall retrofit installation
11. [ verb ] place
Synonyms: establish instal install

"Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"

Related terms: facility
12. [ verb ] arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.
Synonyms: put order arrange

"arrange my schedule" "set up one's life" "I put these memories with those of bygone times"

Related terms: organize synchronize ordering
13. [ verb ] erect and fasten
Synonyms: pitch

"pitch a tent"

Related terms: rear camp
14. [ verb ] arrange the outcome of by means of deceit; of elections
Synonyms: rig
Related terms: cheat swindle
15. [ verb ] (nautical) equip with sails, masts, etc.; of ships
Synonyms: set rig
Related terms: equip rigging rig
16. [ verb ] make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
Synonyms: prepare set ready fix gear_up

"Get the children ready for school!" "prepare for war" "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

Related terms: change mount fix cultivate brace precondition prime provide cram winterize socialize summerize preparation readiness set
Similar spelling:   setup