put someone up

put up

1. To mount, build, or erect something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." They're putting up high-rise apartments all over town. Would you mind putting this bookshelf up for me?
2. To preserve food for long-term storage, typically by canning. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." We get so many peaches from our garden each season that I put most of them up to sell at the market.
3. To supply or provide some or all of the money necessary to fund something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." My work is putting up the cash for me to get my MBA. We'll agree to put up half of the down payment, but it's up to you to pay for the rest yourself.
4. To provide one with overnight accommodation, especially temporarily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." We're putting up Jen's brother for a couple of weeks while he looks for a new apartment. The airline offered to put me up at a hotel for the night.
5. To take action or steps to resolve something that one dislikes. Primarily used in the phrase "put up or shut up." You keep moaning that you don't have any meaningful friendships, but you don't do anything to try to form some. Either put up or shut up!
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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?
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