- 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(informal) to make somebody healthier, stronger, more lively, etc. The break from work really set me up for the new year.
- 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 to build something or put something somewhere The police set up roadblocks on routes out of the city.
- 2 to make a piece of equipment or a machine ready for use She set up her stereo in her bedroom.
- 3 to arrange for something to happen I've set up a meeting for Friday.
- 4 to create something or start it to set up a business A fund will be set up for the dead men's families.
- 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