Definition of setup in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsedˌəp/


[usually in singular] informal
1The way in which something, especially an organization or equipment, is organized, planned, or arranged: would you feel comfortable in a team-teaching setup?
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  • Every adult has a say in governing the country in a democratic set-up and each one's voice is heard and cared for.
  • There are many benefits of this set-up, some planned and some unexpected.
  • Yet, sentiments and solidarities based on caste starkly exist within its organisational set-up.
1.1An organization or arrangement: in the present-day family setup, both the parents may be employed
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  • He had been rowing for 12 years, five of them as part of the international set-up.
  • Running a business school under a government set-up has its disadvantages.
  • In a corporate set-up, the drive to perform better brings about stress.
organization, group, body, agency, association, operation;
informal outfit
1.2A set of equipment needed for a particular activity or purpose: I have a recording setup in my house
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  • I hear you've got quite the recording set-up in your basement, and you've been cutting a lot of stuff there.
  • Filming required a specially developed camera that could process three strips of film, and a recording set-up using six microphones.
  • For an in-house station, the set-up was fairly impressive.
1.3(In a ball game) a pass or play intended to provide an opportunity for another player to score.
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  • These four players constitute a set-up man, two middle relievers, and a leftie.
  • But the clearance just turned out to a perfect set-up for substitute Neuville to ram in another equaliser.
  • Matt Anderson, Doug Brocail, Danny Patterson, Jim Poole and Masso Kida are the set-up men.
2A scheme or trick intended to incriminate or deceive someone: “Listen. He didn’t die. It was a setup.”
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  • Was it a set-up by powerful but corrupt Saudis who felt the bootleggers had undercut their market or ripped them off over bribes or a share of the profits?
  • The thought that this whole thing was a set-up crossed her mind, involuntarily causing her to grip her gun for reassurance.
  • Is the whole accusation of racism just a set-up?
trick, trap;
informal put-up job, frame-up
2.1chiefly North American A contest with a prearranged outcome.

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Syllabification: set·up

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