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put someone up
to provide lodging for someone. I hope I can find someone to put me up. They were able to put up John for the night.
put someone up (for something)
to nominate or offer someone for some office or task. I put Henry up for club president. We put up Shannon for treasurer.
put something up
1. to build a building, a sign, a fence, a wall, etc. We'll put a garage up next month. The city put up a fence next to our house.
2. to store and preserve food by canning or freezing. This year we'll put some strawberries up. We put up a lot of tomatoes every year.
put somebody upalso put up somebody
to provide someone with a place to stay temporarily Sally is kindly putting me up for the weekend. We can put up five people on the third floor.
put up something
to express your feelings about something I'm not going to let them build a road here without putting up a fight. Jimmy always puts up a fuss at bedtime.
put up somethingalso put something up
1. to pay or lend money Seventy percent of the money was put up by the government. You have to put 10% of the mortgage up right away.
2. to build a structure We don't know what kind of memorial the city will put up. Did you see where they've put up a new hotel? They're planning to build a school, but I'm not sure where they plan to put it up.
1. Erect, build; also, lift to a higher position. For example, They put up three new houses on our street, or She looks more grownup when she puts up her hair in a bun. [c. 1600]
2. Preserve, can, as in She put up countless jars of jam. [Early 1800s]
3. Nominate, as in Tom put up Peter for president. [Late 1500s]
4. Provide funds, especially in advance, as in They put up nearly a million for the new museum.
5. put someone up. Provide lodgings for, as in We can put you up for the night. [Mid-1700s]
6. Startle game from cover, as in The hunter put up three grouse. [Late 1400s]
7. Offer for sale, as in They had to put up their last antiques. [Early 1700s]
8. Make a display or appearance of, as in They were actually broke but put up a good front. [First half of 1800s]
9. Do well in a contest, as in They put up a good fight. [Late 1800s]
10. Stake money for a bet, as in Each player put up ten dollars. [Mid-1800s]
1. To place something in a high or upright position: I put the books up on the shelf. I put up the hood on my rain jacket. I put my hair up in a bun.
2. To place something in a prominent position: They put signs up all over town, hoping someone would recognize their lost cat. The superintendent put up a notice on the door advising residents to conserve water.
3. To erect some structure: They're going to put up three new apartment buildings on this street. The children put a tent up in the backyard and slept outside.
4. To nominate someone: The committee put up three new candidates for mayor. The Green Party put candidates up in many races.
5. To preserve some food by jarring, canning, or salting: He put up six jars of jam. She put half the cucumbers up for pickles.
6. To provide some amount of money for some purpose: The company put up half of the money for the new park. The agency put $1,000 up toward the scholarship fund.
7. To provide lodgings for someone: Could you put me up for the night? I put up my guests in the spare bedroom.
8. To startle deliberately some animal that one is hunting: We put up the pheasants but didn't manage to shoot any.
9. To offer something, especially for sale: I put up some of my antique furniture to raise money for my trip. They put their house up for sale and moved to Houston.
10. To make a display or appearance of something: They put up a good bluff, but I knew they were lying.
11. To engage in something; carry on something: The boxer certainly put up a good fight.
12. put up to To persuade someone to commit some funny, mischievous, or malicious act: My older brother put me up to making a prank telephone call.
13. put up with To tolerate someone or something: I can't put up with that awful noise from next door.