Definition Set up

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to set up (an appointment): to organize, to arrange, to schedule (an appointment)
To "set up" also means "to assemble" or "to erect". Example: I'm going to set up the cupboard I bought from Idea.

I'm still trying to set up this business. It's taking longer to establish than I expected.
We have already set up a meeting. I organized it yesterday.

to set (someone) up: to make people believe that someone is guilty of a crime; to deceive, to trick (someone)
verb, idiom
I can't believe my own mother set me up. I didn't think someone in my own family would ever deceive me.

to set up (internet access): to install, to create, to establish (an internet connection)
Have you finished setting up the computer yet? Is it ready to use now?


  • "I'm here to set you up with a home security system. She said you were a little worried about burglars breaking in to your home."
  • "I'll set up a meeting for the two of you."
  • "So I am. Can you set up a Skyte teleconference for this afternoon?"
  • "Brian : Bruno, I have set up the Skyte teleconference with your contact in Australia."
  • "Go ahead and set it up Brian."
  • "I'll get one of the IT monkeys to set it up for me."
  • "So, uh, please call me back whenever you get the chance and we'll set up a meeting."
  • "Philip : Don't worry, I'll set it up before you take off."
  • "My assistant has set me up with a video conferencing system. If you've got the right equipment on your end, we should be able to go ahead with the meeting as planned."

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