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1 put /ˈpʊt/ verb
puts; put; putting
1 put
/ˈpʊt/
verb
puts; put; putting
Learner's definition of PUT
[+ object]
always followed by an adverb or preposition
: to cause (someone or something) to be in a particular place or position
: to cause (something) to go into or through something in a forceful way
: to cause (someone) to be in a particular place or send (someone) to a particular place
: to show that (someone or something) is in a particular place
: to write (something) with a pen or pencil in or on something
always followed by an adverb or preposition : to cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or condition
always followed by an adverb or preposition
: to cause (someone or something) to do work or perform a task often + to
: to use (something)
always followed by an adverb or preposition : to cause (something) to have an effect on someone or something usually + on
: to say or express (something)
always followed by an adverb or preposition
: to ask (a question) or make (a suggestion) to someone
: to ask a group of people to formally vote on (something)
: to add music to (words)
sports : to throw (a shot put)

I wouldn't put it past (someone)

see 2past

put about

[phrasal verb]
put (something) about or put about (something) British : to tell many people about (something)
of a boat or ship : to change direction
put (something) about : to cause (a boat or ship) to change direction

put across

[phrasal verb]
put (something) across or put across (something) : to cause (something) to be clearly understood : to get (something) across
put (yourself) across as (something) : to cause (yourself) to appear to be (a particular type of person)

put a foot wrong

see 1foot

put aside

[phrasal verb]
put (something) aside or put aside (something)
: to save or keep (something, such as money) to be used at a later time
: to stop worrying or thinking about (something)

put at

[phrasal verb]
put (something) at (something)
: to guess or estimate (something) to be (something)

put away

[phrasal verb]
put (something) away or put away (something)
: to return (something) to the place where it belongs
: to save or keep (something, such as money) to be used at a later time
informal : to eat (a large amount of food)
put (someone) away or put away (someone) informal : to cause (someone) to be kept in a prison or mental hospital

put back

[phrasal verb]
put (something) back or put back (something)
: to return (something) to the place where it belongs
British : to change (a planned event) to start at a later date or time

put before

[phrasal verb]
put (something) before (someone or something)
: to ask (a person or group) to make a decision about (something)

put behind

[phrasal verb]
put (something) behind you
: to stop worrying about or being upset by (something that happened in the past)

put by

[phrasal verb]
put (something) by or put by (something) chiefly British
: to save (money) for a later time

put down

[phrasal verb]
put (someone or something) down also put down (someone or something)
: to place (someone or something that you have been holding or carrying) on a table, on the floor, etc.
: to add (someone or something) to a list
informal : to say critical or insulting things about (someone or something)
see also put-down
put (something) down or put down (something)
: to write (something) : to record (something) in writing
: to give (an amount of money) as a first payment when you are buying something that costs a lot of money
: to put (something) in place on the floor or ground
: to stop (a violent or dangerous activity) by using force
: to kill (an animal) in a way that causes it little pain usually because it is injured or sick
British : to end a telephone connection
British : to formally suggest (something) as an idea to be discussed and voted on by a group of people : to propose or introduce (something)
put down or put (something) down or put down (something) chiefly British : to land or to cause (an airplane) to land
put (someone) down or put down (someone) : to place (a baby or child) in a bed to sleep
put (someone) down as (something) : to think of (someone) as (a specified kind of person or thing)
put (someone) down for (something) : to write the name of (someone) on a list of people who will do or give (something)
put (something) down to (something) : to say or think that (something) happened because of (something)

put forth

[phrasal verb]
put forth (something) or put (something) forth somewhat formal
: to suggest (an idea, plan, etc.) for people to think about or consider
: to use (something, such as energy) for a particular purpose
of a plant : to produce or send out (something) by growing

put forward

[phrasal verb]
put (something) forward or put forward (something) somewhat formal
: to suggest (something) for consideration : propose

put in

[phrasal verb]
put (something) in or put in (something)
: to make (something) ready to be used in a certain place : install
: to add (a comment) to a conversation or argument
: to make an official statement, offer, or request
: to perform (a particular action)
: to work or do something for (an amount of time)
put in (something) or put (something) in (something) : to use (a certain amount of energy or effort) when doing something
put (something) in (something)
: to invest (money) into (something)
used to say what causes you to have faith, confidence, etc.
put in for (something) : to ask for (something) in an official way : to formally request (something)
of a boat or ship : to enter a harbor or port

put into

[phrasal verb]
put (something) into (something)
: to use (a certain amount of energy or effort) when doing (something)
: to invest (time, money, etc.) in (something)

put it there

informal + old-fashioned or put her there
used to invite someone to shake hands with you

put off

[phrasal verb]
put (something) off or put off (something) : to decide that (something) will happen at a later time : postpone
put (someone) off or put off (someone)
: to cause (someone) to wait
: to cause (someone) to dislike someone or something
see also off-putting
British : to allow (someone) to get off a bus or other vehicle

put on

[phrasal verb]
put (something) on or put on (something)
: to dress yourself in (clothing)
: to apply (something) to your face or body
: to add to or increase the amount of (something)
: to cause (a machine, a light, etc.) to begin to work
: to cause (something) to begin to be heard, seen, produced, etc.
: to start cooking or making (something)
: to produce (something that entertains people, such as a play, a party, etc.)
put (something) on (someone or something)
: to say that (someone or something) is responsible for or guilty of (something)
: to bet (an amount of money) on (someone or something)
put (someone or something) on (something) : to add (someone or something) to (a list or group of related things)
put (someone) on or put on (someone) chiefly US, informal : to say things that are not true to (someone) in a joking way : to trick or fool (someone) for amusement
see also 2put-on
used to say that you would like to speak to someone on the phone
put (someone) on (something) : to tell (someone) to use or do (something)
put (someone) on to (something) : to give (someone) information about (something) : to tell (someone) about (something that he or she did not know about before)

put out

[phrasal verb]
put (something) out or put out (something)
: to cause (something) to stop burning : extinguish
: to stop (something) from working
: to take (something) outside and leave it there
: to extend (something) outward
: to place (something) where people may use it
: to produce (something)
: to make (something) available to be bought, used, etc.
put (someone) out or put out (someone)
: to annoy or bother (someone)
: to cause (someone) to do extra work : to cause trouble for (someone)
: to make (someone) unconscious
sports : to cause (someone) to be out in baseball or cricket see also putout
chiefly US, informal + impolite : to have sex with someone
of a boat or ship : to leave a harbor or port

put over

[phrasal verb]
put (something) over or put over (something) : to cause (something) to be clearly understood : to put (something) across
put (yourself) over as (something) : to cause (yourself) to appear to be (a particular type of person)
put (something) over on (someone) : to lie about (something) to (someone) : to trick or deceive someone

put paid to

see 2paid

put (someone) in mind of

see 1mind

put through

[phrasal verb]
put (something) through or put through (something) : to cause (something) to be accepted or done successfully
put (someone) through (something) : to pay for (someone) to attend (school)
put (someone or something) through (something) : to cause (someone or something) to experience (something)
put (someone or something) through or put through (someone or something)
: to cause a phone call from (someone) to be sent to another person's phone
: to cause (a phone call) to be sent to another person's phone

put to death

see death

put together

[phrasal verb]
put (something) together or put together (something)
: to create (something) by joining or gathering parts together
used to say that someone or something is greater than the total of all the other people or things mentioned
put (something) together with (something) : to add or combine (something) with (something)

put up

[phrasal verb]
put (something) up or put up (something)
: to place (something) in a higher position
: to cause (something) to be on a wall, to hang from a ceiling, etc.
: to set or place (something) so that it stands up
: to build (something)
: to make (something) available for people to buy or have often + for
: to provide (money, property, etc.) in order to pay for something
: to offer (something) as a prize
chiefly British : to increase (something) : raise
US : to return (something) to the place where it belongs
chiefly US : to preserve (fruits, vegetables, etc.) to be used later : can
put up (something)
: to do (something) as a way of resisting or struggling against someone or something
: to offer (something) as an argument, a suggestion, etc.
: to score (points)
put (someone) up : to give food and shelter to (someone) : to allow or pay for (someone) to stay in someone's home, a hotel, etc., for the night
chiefly British : to stay in someone's home, a hotel, etc., for the night
put (someone) up or put up (someone) : to choose or suggest (someone) to be a candidate or competitor
put (someone) up to (something) : to convince (someone) to do (something stupid or foolish)
put up with (something or someone) : to allow (someone or something unpleasant or annoying) to exist or happen : tolerate
put up or shut up informal used to tell someone in a somewhat rude way to start doing something or to stop talking about it
2 put /ˈpʊt/ noun
plural puts
2 put
/ˈpʊt/
noun
plural puts
Learner's definition of PUT
[count] sports
: the act of throwing a shot put
3 put /ˈpʊt/ adjective
3 put
/ˈpʊt/
adjective
Learner's definition of PUT

stay put

: to stay where you are : to not move or go anywhere
see also hard put
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