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set up

Translation of set up in Spanish:

  • 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (erect, assemble)
    they set up (their) camp near the river
    acamparon cerca del río
    1.2 (arrange, plan)
    convocar a
    llamar a
    have we got anything set up for next week?
    ¿tenemos algo previsto or planeado para la semana que viene?
    we hope to set up a deal with them
    esperamos llegar a un trato or acuerdo con ellos
    1.3 (institute, found)
    he set up his own business
    montó su propio negocio
    1.4 (establish)
    1.5 (establish) See examples: he set her up in an apartment
    le puso un departamento or (Spain) un piso
    she set herself up as a photographer
    se estableció como fotógrafa
    he set his son up as a farmer
    le compró una granja a su hijo
    she's now set up for life
    ahora tiene todos los problemas resueltos
    ahora tiene el porvenir asegurado
    se paró para toda la vida (River Plate area) [colloquial]
    1.6 [colloquial] (frame)
    tenderle una trampa a
    1.7 [colloquial] (rig) the fight was set up
    la pelea estaba arreglada
    1.8 [colloquial] (provide drinks) See examples: set them up, Jack!
    ¡sírvenos, Jack!
  • 2verb + object + adverb 2.1 (invigorate, restore health of) 2.2to set somebody/oneself up as something
    (invest with power)
    erigir a alguien/erigirse en algo
    they set him up as their leader
    lo erigieron en caudillo
    (represent as, claim to be) See examples: she's been set up as something remarkable
    la han pintado como algo fuera de serie
    what right have you to set yourself up as our judge?
    ¿qué derecho tienes a erigirte en nuestro juez?
  • 3verb + adverb + object 3.1 (raise)
    the crowd set up a commotion
    la muchedumbre armó un alboroto
    3.2 (cause)
  • 4verb + adverb 4.1 (establish in business) See examples:to set up as something
    establecerse como algo
    4.2 (claim to be) See examples: you shouldn't set up to be something you're not
    no deberías dártelas de lo que no eres [colloquial]
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