Definition of set up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


set up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to provide somebody with the money that they need in order to do something A bank loan helped to set him up in business.
  2. 2(informal) to make somebody healthier, stronger, more lively, etc. The break from work really set me up for the new year.
  3. 3(informal) to trick somebody, especially by making them appear guilty of something He denied the charges, saying the police had set him up. related noun set-up
  1. 1  to build something or put something somewhere The police set up roadblocks on routes out of the city.
  2. 2  to make a piece of equipment or a machine ready for use She set up her stereo in her bedroom.
  3. 3  to arrange for something to happen I've set up a meeting for Friday.
  4. 4   to create something or start it to set up a business A fund will be set up for the dead men's families.
  5. 5to start a process or a series of events The slump on Wall Street set up a chain reaction in stock markets around the world. related noun set-up

set (yourself) up (as somebody)

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to start running a business She took out a bank loan and set up on her own. After leaving college, he set himself up as a freelance photographer.