set up


  • How to set up the bed
    How to set up the bed
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v set up make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc "Get the children ready for school!","prepare for war","I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
    • v set up get ready for a particular purpose or event "set up an experiment","set the table","lay out the tools for the surgery"
    • v set up equip with sails or masts "rig a ship"
    • v set up arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events "arrange my schedule","set up one's life","I put these memories with those of bygone times"
    • v set up put into a proper or systematic order "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
    • v set up erect and fasten "pitch a tent"
    • v set up set up for use "install the washer and dryer","We put in a new sink"
    • v set up place "Her manager had set her up at the Ritz"
    • v set up produce "The scientists set up a shock wave"
    • v set up create by putting components or members together "She pieced a quilt","He tacked together some verses","They set up a committee"
    • v set up construct, build, or erect "Raise a barn"
    • v set up begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc. "set up an election"
    • v set up set up or found "She set up a literacy program"
    • v set up arrange the outcome of by means of deceit "rig an election"
    • v set up take or catch as if in a snare or trap "I was set up!","The innocent man was framed by the police"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early Dick packed up his few things, and set out very early

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile Services(two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number theotherchannel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, butnochannel 1.
    • Set up to erect, to exalt: to begin: to enable to begin: to place in view:
    • Set up (print.) to put in type: to begin a new course: to make pretensions
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  • Bertolt Brecht
    “It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.”
  • Milton Friedman
    “The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.”
  • Mal Pancoast
    “Set up the listening. Prepare who you are talking to for what you want them to hear. Get people to listen as a possibility rather than a problem.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. settan; cog. with Ger. setzen, Ice. setja, Goth. satjan; settan is the weak causative of sittan, to sit.


In literature:

They were set up too long ago to suit me.
"The Talking Leaves" by William O. Stoddard
I couldn't rightly say when schools was set up for de Niggers.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
There are about a dozen men thinking of setting up a sawmill around here.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
We should be able to set up right on the island.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
We are set up to handle four at once.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
The Rovers and their chums were on the lookout for them, and set up a cheer as soon as they appeared.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
Then set up two base men before him and let them bring this charge against him: 'You cursed God and the ruler of Israel.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Don't cost hardly nothing to set up and there ain't much risk.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
We have set up a cat.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
A few weeks before, we had set up our shack in a wilderness.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl

In poetry:

Then up he took White Lilly's son,
An set him on his knee;
Says--"Gin ye live to wield a bran,
My bowman ye sall bee."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
She set alight to the bower-aloft
And it burned up speedily,
And her good love and her great heart
Might all with eyen see.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
He turned and took the slug-horn up,
And set it to his mouth,
And o’er that meadow of the cup
Blew east and west and south.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
But we to-day lift up our hearts,
And kneel in prayer with thee;
We bless the God who broke the chain,
And set thy people free.
"Eliza In Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Led by the light Thy grace imparts,
Ne’er may we bow the knee
To idols, which our wayward hearts
Set up instead of Thee.
"O God, our strength, to Thee our song" by Harriet Auber
Far up within the cadenced June
Floats, silver-winged, a living tune
That winds within the morning's chime
And sets the earth and sky to rhyme;
For, lo! the poet, absent long,
Breathes the first raptures of his song!
"When The Poet Came" by Eugene Field

In news:

It could have been set up, but it seems legit.
A fall burndown application can knock down weeds and set up growers for a strong 2011 crop.
Sanford- Burnham Sets Up Shop in Florida.
The mirror in the restroom is a 2-way mirror, and microphones have been set up in a stall to make it sound as though someone is in the room.
Setting Up a "Loanership" Program.
Setting up camp at night is par for the course on the UA.
The crime thriller is set up at Lionsgate.
Upper Sandusky firm sets up shop at Wolf Creek Mall.
A Chinese carmaker is preparing to set up shop in downtown L.A.
I was hoping to buy something from the band, but they must have packed up early because by the time Come Say Hello took the stage, they didn't have anything set up at the merch table.
Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows small businesses to set up a one-stop shop via their tablet device (Image: File).
Great Britain team perfect on the day to set up Isle of Man sprint ace.
Bloomington—Mayor Mark Kruzan believes this beloved college town loses a bit of its identity every time a national chain sets up shop.
Yure Vasquez sets up the stage at the Chalet theater.
A memorial for Jennifer Kitchens Wells has been set up on the side of Happy Valley Road.

In science:

This principle identifies background fields which set up equivalent particle dynamics, with constraint surfaces H (x, p) = 0 differing by a canonical transformation.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
Moreover, we have defined the theory on a complex curve, but for applications we wish to set up full CFT on a two-dimensional conformal manifold X .
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The most interesting feature of our set-up is contained in Eq.(17) (or Eq.(16)).
Spontaneous orbifold symmetry breaking and generation of mass hierarchy
Table 8: Principal classes to set up and organize the physical framework.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Our goal is try to set up a renormalizable quantum gauge theory of gravity.
Gauge Theory of Gravity