- 1to show a particular level of skill, determination, etc. in a fight or contest They surrendered without putting up much of a fight. The team put up a great performance (= played very well).
- 2to suggest an idea, etc. for other people to discuss to put up an argument/a case/a proposal
- 1 to let somebody stay at your home We can put you up for the night.
- 2to suggest or present somebody as a candidate for a job or position The Green Party hopes to put up more candidates in the next election. We want to put you up for club treasurer.
- 1 to raise something or put it in a higher position to put up a flag She's put her hair up.
- 2 to build something or place something somewhere to put up a building/fence/memorial/tent Synonymsbuildconstruct assemble erect put something upThese words all mean to make something, especially by putting different parts together.build to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together:a house built of stone They’re going to build on the site of the old power station.construct [often passive] (rather formal) to build something such as a road, building or machineassemble (rather formal) to fit together all the separate parts of something such as a piece of furniture or a machine:The cupboard is easy to assemble.erect (formal) to build something; to put something in position and make it stand upright:Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back.put something up to build something or place something somewhere:They’re putting up new hotels in order to boost tourism in the area.Patterns to build/construct/erect/put up a house/wall to build/construct/erect/put up some shelves to build/construct/erect/put up a barrier/fence/shelter to build/construct/assemble a(n) engine/machine to build/construct a road/railway/railroad/tunnel to erect/put up a tent/statue/monument
- 3 to fix something in a place where it will be seen synonym display to put up a notice
- 4 to raise or increase something They've put up the rent by £20 a month.
- 5to provide or lend money A local businessman has put up the £500 000 needed to save the club.