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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
    Grants were available to help with the cost of putting up new school buildings.
    John was in the garden 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 increase the value or price of something
    Several of the banks have decided to put up their interest rates.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to provide a large amount of money for something
    The family has put up £15,000 towards the cost of the child’s medical treatment.
  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. 6
    [transitive] to let someone stay in your house
    Could you put me up for the night when I come to London?
    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.
  7. 7
    [transitive] to suggest that someone should be elected to a particular position
    In all, 60 political parties put up candidates.
  8. 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.
  9. 9
    [transitive]put up something to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something
    Residents have put up a great fight against plans to build a new road.
    The victim was able to put up little resistance.
    Menzies’ counsel put up a spirited defence of his client.
    1. a.

      put up


      put on

      British to show a particular level of skill or ability in doing something, especially in a competition
      Liverpool put up a marvellous performance throughout the game.
  10. 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.
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