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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput up
he/she/itputs up
present participleputting up
past tenseput up
past participleput up
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to build something such as a wall, fence, or house

    John was in the yard putting a fence up.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to fix a picture or notice onto an upright structure such as a wall

    She put up a notice about the school trip to Italy.

    I put a few posters up to make the room look less bare.

    1. a.
      to fix a shelf or cupboard onto a wall

      She put up some bookshelves in the study.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to provide a large amount of money for something

    The family has put up $15,000 toward the cost of the child’s medical treatment.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to let someone stay in your house

    Could you put me up for the night when I come to Miami?

    1. a.
      [intransitive] old-fashioned to stay for a short time in a place that is not your home
      put up at/in:

      We put up at a cheap hotel.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to raise something, especially so that it is ready to use

    I was soaked before I could put my umbrella up.

    Put your hood up or you’ll catch cold.

  6. 7
    [transitive] to increase the value or price of something

    Several of the banks have decided to put up their interest rates.

  7. 8
    [transitive]put up something British same as put forward (sense 1)

    It was Clare who first put up the idea of a concert to raise money for the school.

  8. 9
    [transitive]put up something to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something

    The victim was able to put up little resistance.

    Menzies’ lawyer put up a spirited defense of his client.

    Residents have put up a fight against plans to build a new road.

  9. 10
    put your hand up/put up your hand to raise your arm to show that you want to ask or answer a question, or so that someone can count you

    Put your hand up if you know the answer – don’t shout out.

  10. 11
    put up or shut up informal used for telling someone that they should either deal with something or stop talking about doing it
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