I was wondering about when to use this phrasal verb ‘put up’

As far as I know, if someone says they’re putting up a picture, It means they’re displaying it on their wall, but could it mean they post a picture online? Could the meaning of it be changed by context?

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    Yeah - the specific meaning depends on context. Or to put it another way, you can validly put something online, as well as post it online. And in very many contexts it's entirely a stylistic choice whether to follow put with a preposition such as up or out. Commented May 22, 2019 at 15:01
  • @FumbleFingers oh, I got it now! Thank you v much!
    – Chija
    Commented May 22, 2019 at 15:31

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Context is very important in English, so it yes, the normal meaning of 'putting up a picture' would be 'on a wall' but for a web developer, it would be perfectly valid to use exactly the same phrase for adding to a website.

A very similar example with a rather different meaning would be 'putting up with a picture' which would generally mean that a picture was already on display.

  • Thank you v much for your explanation.
    – Chija
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 6:21

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