put (one) up
put (one) up
To provide someone with overnight accommodation, especially temporarily. I lost my keys! Could you put me up for the night? We're putting Jen's brother up for a couple of weeks while he looks for a new apartment.
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 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 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.
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.
put someone up
tv. to provide someone with temporary shelter; to let someone stay the night. Can you put me up for a few days?