Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “set up”

set up

phrasal verb with set
 
 
/set/ verb (setting, set, set)
[I] COMMERCE to start a new business: One way in which people are responding to such pressures is by setting up on their own, often by selling their services to their former employers. She wants to repay the committee for the help she received when setting up in business.
(Definition of set up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of set up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “set up” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More