set up
transitive verb Date: 13th century 1. a. to raise to and place in a high position b. to place in view ; post c. to put forward (as a plan) for acceptance 2. a. to place upright ; erect <
set up a statue
>
b. to assemble the parts of and erect in position <
set up a printing press
>
c. to put (a machine) in readiness or adjustment for an operation 3. a. cause, create <
set up a clamor
>
b. bring about 4. to place in power or in office <
set up the general as dictator
>
5. a. to raise from depression ; elate, gratify b. to make proud or vain 6. a. to put forward or extol as a model b. to claim oneself to be <
sets himself up as an authority
>
7. found, inaugurate <
set up a home for orphans
>
8. a. to provide with means of making a living <
set him up in business
>
b. to bring or restore to normal health c. to cause (one) to take on a soldierly or athletic appearance especially through drill 9. to erect (a perpendicular or a figure) on a base in a drawing 10. a. to make taut (a stay or hawser) b. to tighten firmly 11. to make carefully worked out plans for <
set up a bank robbery
>
12. a. to pay for (drinks) b. to treat (someone) to something 13. a. to put in a compromising or dangerous position usually by trickery or deceit b. frame 3 14. to execute one or more plays in preparation for scoring intransitive verb 1. to come into active operation or use 2. to begin business 3. to make pretensions <
has never set up to be a wise man — Thomas Rogers
>
4. to become firm or consolidated

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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