Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put up

put up
Meaning(s)
1) build or display something
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    • put up a new shelf
  • Analysis

    The phrasal verb put up can mean to stay temporarily in a place order them someone's own home. To put up can also mean to build something such as a wall, fence, or a large building or divide. So you can put up a wall around the building, for example, or put up a fence to stop animals escaping. When you fix something to a wall such as a cupboard, painting or shelf you could also use the phrase a verb 'put up'. To 'put up' can also mean to increase the value or price of something or to provide money for a specific purpose. To put up can also mean to construct or raise something so that is ready to be used, such as 'putting up a tent'. In British English to put up something has a similar meaning to put forward so you can say you put up an idea. If you put up a fight for example, it can mean to put great effort into achieving or preventing something.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I put up some posters in my room to make the walls seem less bare.
    2. It's much too early to be putting up Christmas decorations. It's not even October yet!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. After much back and forth, the Council gave the firm permission to put up a new office block in the town.
    2. Energy providers are expected to put up their prices due to increased demand for fossil fuels.
  • Further Suggestions
2) make a particular effort to do or prevent something
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    • put up a great fight
  • Analysis

    When you resist something with force or great determination you can use the phrase a verb put up. So you might say you put up a fight against someone or that you put up a lot of resistance.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My boss put up a great fight to keep me at the company, but I had already made up my mind to leave.
    2. The other side put up very little resistance in the negotiations. It was obvious that they needed the deal much more than we did.
  • Further Suggestions
3) make something available for a particular purpose
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    • I put up the money
  • Analysis

    In professional contexts, the word 'put up' is used to describe money or resources that are provided in order to deliver a particular service or to finance a specific project.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Before I left the country, I put my house up for sale.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I agreed to put up the £100,000 Joe needed to start his business in exchange for 50% of the company.
    2. Despite a large amount of investment in the area, no money was put up to improve transport infrastructure.
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