Set Up Definition

Define what is Set Up?

1. establish, found, launch, set up (verb)

set up or found.

  • She set up a literacy program.
Synonyms: establish, found, launch
Antonyms: abolish, get rid of (verb)

do away with.


open, open up verb
start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning.

2. assemble, put together, tack together, piece, set up, tack (verb)

create by putting components or members together.

  • She pieced a quilt.
  • He tacked together some verses.
  • They set up a committee.
Antonyms: break apart, disassemble, take apart, dismantle, break up (verb)

take apart into its constituent pieces.


bring together, join verb
cause to become joined or linked.

create, make verb
make or cause to be or to become.


comfit, confection, confect verb
make into a confection.

mix up, jumble, confuse verb
assemble without order or sense.

reassemble verb
assemble once again, after taking something apart.

configure verb
set up for a particular purpose.

compound verb
create by mixing or combining.

rig up verb
erect or construct, especially as a temporary measure.

3. erect, put up, set up, rear, raise (verb)

construct, build, or erect.

  • Raise a barn.
Synonyms: erect, put up, rear, raise
Antonyms: dismantle, pull down, rase, raze, tear down, level, take down (verb)

tear down so as to make flat with the ground.


build, construct, make verb
make by combining materials and parts.

4. lay out, set up, Set (verb)

get ready for a particular purpose or event.

  • set up an experiment.
  • set the table.
  • lay out the tools for the surgery.
Synonyms: lay out, Set

gear up, prepare, ready, Set, fix, set up verb
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc.

5. arrange, set up (verb)

put into a proper or systematic order.

  • arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order.
Synonyms: arrange
Antonyms: disarrange (verb)

destroy the arrangement or order of.


lay, place, put, Set, position, pose verb
put into a certain place or abstract location.


regularise, regularize verb
make regular or more regular.

Order verb
place in a certain order.

Order verb
bring order to or into.

straighten verb
make straight or straighter.

rearrange verb
put into a new order or arrangement.

serialise, serialize verb
arrange serially.

alphabetise, alphabetize verb
arrange in alphabetical order.

coordinate, organise, organize verb
bring order and organization to.

stratify verb
form layers or strata.

string, thread, draw verb
thread on or as if on a string.

marshal verb
arrange in logical order.

string verb
stretch out or arrange like a string.

string out, spread out verb
set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series.

preen, plume verb
clean with one's bill.

stack verb
arrange the order of so as to increase one's winning chances.

Chain verb
connect or arrange into a chain by linking.

geminate, pair verb
arrange in pairs.

Concord verb
arrange the words of a text so as to create a concordance.

cascade verb
arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible.

settle verb
arrange or fix in the desired order.

Pyramid verb
arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid.

corral verb
arrange wagons so that they form a corral.

catenate, catenulate verb
arrange in a series of rings or chains, as for spores.

decorate, dress verb
provide with decoration.

array, lay out, set out, range verb
lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line.

wad, compact, bundle, pack verb
compress into a wad.

pile, heap, stack verb
arrange in stacks.

stagger, distribute verb
to arrange in a systematic order.

drape verb
arrange in a particular way.

drape verb
place casually.

Set verb
fix in a border.

gradate verb
arrange according to grades.

line up verb
form a line.

6. set up (verb)

begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc..

  • set up an election.

machinate, devise, prepare, organise, organize, get up verb
arrange by systematic planning and united effort.

7. ensnare, entrap, frame, set up (verb)

take or catch as if in a snare or trap.

  • I was set up!.
  • The innocent man was framed by the police.
Synonyms: ensnare, entrap, frame

cozen, deceive, delude, lead on verb
be false to; be dishonest with.

8. effect, effectuate, set up (verb)


  • The scientists set up a shock wave.
Synonyms: effect, effectuate

cause, DO, make verb
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally.


accomplish, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, action, execute verb
put in effect.

draw, get verb
earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher.

precipitate verb
bring about abruptly.

induce, hasten, stimulate, Rush verb
cause to occur rapidly.

serve verb
contribute or conduce to.

9. instal, install, put in, set up (verb)

set up for use.

  • install the washer and dryer.
  • We put in a new sink.
Synonyms: instal, install, put in

lay, place, put, Set, position, pose verb
put into a certain place or abstract location.


retrofit verb
fit in or on an existing structure, such as an older house.

reinstall verb
install again.

put up, Post verb
place so as to be noticed.

10. instal, install, establish, set up (verb)


  • Her manager had set her up at the Ritz.

11. rig, set up (verb)

arrange the outcome of by means of deceit.

  • rig an election.
Synonyms: rig

chisel, cheat verb
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud.

12. pitch, set up (verb)

erect and fasten.

  • pitch a tent.
Synonyms: pitch

erect, rear verb
cause to rise up.


camp down, camp verb
establish or set up a camp.

13. arrange, Order, put, set up (verb)

arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events.

  • arrange my schedule.
  • set up one's life.
  • I put these memories with those of bygone times.
Synonyms: arrange, Order, put

organize, organise verb
cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea.


contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize verb
arrange or represent events so that they co-occur.

phrase verb
divide, combine, or mark into phrases.

14. rig, set up, Set (verb)

equip with sails or masts.

  • rig a ship.
Synonyms: rig, Set

equip, fit out, outfit, fit verb
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose.

15. gear up, prepare, ready, Set, fix, set up (verb)

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.
Synonyms: gear up, prepare, ready, Set, fix

alter, change, modify verb
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


socialise, socialize verb
prepare for social life.

provide verb
take measures in preparation for.

cram verb
prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam.

precondition verb
put into the required condition beforehand.

fix verb
kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study.

mount verb
fix onto a backing, setting, or support.

lay out, set up, Set verb
get ready for a particular purpose or event.

winterise, winterize verb
prepare for winter.

summerise, summerize verb
prepare for summer.

prime verb
insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing.

crop, cultivate, work verb
prepare for crops.

brace, poise verb
prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult.

Nearby Terms

set upon (verb)
assail or attack on all sides:

set-apart (adjective satellite)
being or feeling set or kept apart from others

set-aside (adjective satellite)
reserved in advance

set-back (noun)
structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

set-to (noun)
a brief but vigorous fight

seta (noun)
stalk of a moss capsule

setaceous (adjective satellite)
having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

Setaria (noun)
annual or perennial grasses of warm regions: bristlegrasses

Setaria glauca (noun)
common weedy and bristly grass found in nearly all temperate areas

Setaria italica (noun)
coarse drought-resistant annual grass grown for grain, hay, and forage in Europe and Asia and chiefly for forage and hay in United States

Setaria italica rubrofructa (noun)
millet having orange to reddish grains in long bristly spikes

Setaria italica stramineofructa (noun)
millet having yellow grains in large drooping spikes

Setaria viridis (noun)
European foxtail naturalized in North America; often a troublesome weed

setback (noun)
an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Sete Quedas (noun)
a great waterfall on the border between Brazil and Paraguay