puts; put; putting
puts; put; putting
Learner's definition of PUT
always followed by an adverb or preposition
1 a : to cause (someone or something) to be in a particular place or position
b : to cause (something) to go into or through something in a forceful way c : to cause (someone) to be in a particular place or send (someone) to a particular place
She put [=placed, set] the plant near the window.
Put the car in the garage.
I put the keys on the table.
He put his arms around her and held her tight.
d : to show that (someone or something) is in a particular place
The illness put her in the hospital for three days.
They put her in prison for forgery.
Her parents decided to put her in a special school for deaf children.
If she drove 55 mph for 20 minutes, that would put her about halfway there by now.
2 : to write (something) with a pen or pencil in or on something
Don't forget to put your signature on the check.
He put his phone number on a napkin.
Put a circle around the correct answer.
I wrote that the answer was option B. What did you put?
She had always dreamed of writing a novel, but she never actually put pen to paper. [=started writing]
3 always followed by an adverb or preposition : to cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or condition
Not exercising puts you at greater risk of developing heart disease.
Put the TV on channel 5, please.
Who put you in charge/command/control?
I told her some jokes to put her in/into a good mood.
His careless spending put him in/into debt.
Their actions have put them in serious danger.
Her reassuring words put us at ease. [=made us feel calm and relaxed]
Put that idea out of your mind. [=stop thinking about that idea]
They said they shot the injured horse to put it out of its misery. [=so that it would not continue to suffer]
They have put their competitors out of business.
The new technology could put him out of a job. = It could put him out of work. [=it could make him lose his job]
He's putting the children to bed. [=helping them get into their beds]
always followed by an adverb or preposition
4 a : to cause (someone or something) to do work or perform a task — often + to b : to use (something)
They are ready to put the plan in action/motion.
putting an idea into action/effect/practice
The new weapon was immediately put to use by the military.
I don't need this camera, but maybe you can put it to good use.
5 always followed by an adverb or preposition : to cause (something) to have an effect on someone or something — usually + on
He puts [=places] great emphasis on the need for new leadership. [=he strongly emphasizes the need for new leadership]
She has been putting pressure on us to finish the project early.
Another child would put a heavy strain on their finances. [=would strain their finances very much]
A special tax/duty/surcharge was put on luxury items.
They want to put a limit on government spending.
6 : to say or express (something)
As she put it, “You can't please everyone.”
How should I put this? I don't think you're cut out for this job.
Let me put it another way.
I think you're incompetent, to put it bluntly.
It was a difficult experience, to put it mildly. [=it was a very difficult experience]
She finds it hard to put her feelings into words. [=to say what her feelings are]
always followed by an adverb or preposition
7 a : to ask (a question) or make (a suggestion) to someone b : to ask a group of people to formally vote on (something) 8 : to add music to (words) 9 sports : to throw (a shot put)
I wouldn't put it past (someone)
put about[phrasal verb]
1 put (something) aboutBritish or put about (something) : to tell many people about (something) 2 a of a boat or ship : to change direction b put (something) about : to cause (a boat or ship) to change direction
put across[phrasal verb]
1 put (something) across or put across (something) : to cause (something) to be clearly understood : to get (something) across 2 put (yourself) across as (something) : to cause (yourself) to appear to be (a particular type of person)
put aside[phrasal verb]
put (something) aside or put aside (something)
1 : to save or keep (something, such as money) to be used at a later time 2 : to stop worrying or thinking about (something)
put at[phrasal verb]
put (something) at (something)
: to guess or estimate (something) to be (something)
The coroner put his time of death at 7:00. [=the coroner estimated that the time of his death was 7:00]
Recent estimates put the number of unreported cases at 2,000 each year.
put away[phrasal verb]
put (something) away or put away (something)
1 a : to return (something) to the place where it belongs
b : to save or keep (something, such as money) to be used at a later time c informal : to eat (a large amount of food)
He washed, dried, and put away the dishes after dinner.
She put the pictures away for safekeeping.
Put your notes away. It's time for the test.
2 put (someone) awayinformal or put away (someone) : to cause (someone) to be kept in a prison or mental hospital
put back[phrasal verb]
put (something) back or put back (something)
1 : to return (something) to the place where it belongs 2 British : to change (a planned event) to start at a later date or time
They put back [=pushed back, postponed] the game until next week.
The meeting has been put back from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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) bychiefly British or put by (something)
: to save (money) for a later time
put down[phrasal verb]
put (someone or something) down also put down (someone or something)
1 a : to place (someone or something that you have been holding or carrying) on a table, on the floor, etc.
b : to add (someone or something) to a list c informal : to say critical or insulting things about (someone or something)
She carefully put the vase down on the table.
The police ordered him to put down the gun.
I don't need you to carry me. Put me down!
He frequently puts down her work.
Her parents are always putting her down.
He puts himself down a lot, but he's really quite an attractive man.
put (something) down or put down (something)
2 a : to write (something) : to record (something) in writing
b : to give (an amount of money) as a first payment when you are buying something that costs a lot of money c : to put (something) in place on the floor or ground d : to stop (a violent or dangerous activity) by using force e : to kill (an animal) in a way that causes it little pain usually because it is injured or sick f British : to end a telephone connection g British : to formally suggest (something) as an idea to be discussed and voted on by a group of people : to propose or introduce (something)
She says that the reporter put her quote down incorrectly.
Every night, he puts his thoughts down in a journal.
I need to put down my thoughts on paper before I forget them.
What answer did you put down on the test?
3 put downchiefly British or put (something) down or put down (something) : to land or to cause (an airplane) to land 4 put (someone) down or put down (someone) : to place (a baby or child) in a bed to sleep 5 put (someone) down as (something) : to think of (someone) as (a specified kind of person or thing) 6 put (someone) down for (something) : to write the name of (someone) on a list of people who will do or give (something)
Can I put you down for a donation? [=can I write that you will give a donation?]
Sure, put me down for $20.
7 put (something) down to (something) : to say or think that (something) happened because of (something)
put forth[phrasal verb]
put forth (something)somewhat formal or put (something) forth
1 : to suggest (an idea, plan, etc.) for people to think about or consider
The same argument has been put forth by many people in the opposition.
I would like to put forth some alternatives.
putting forth a plan/proposal/theory
2 : to use (something, such as energy) for a particular purpose 3 of a plant : to produce or send out (something) by growing
put forward[phrasal verb]
put (something) forwardsomewhat formal or put forward (something)
: to suggest (something) for consideration : propose
put in[phrasal verb]
put (something) in or put in (something)
1 a : to make (something) ready to be used in a certain place : install b : to add (a comment) to a conversation or argument
c : to make an official statement, offer, or request
She put a quick comment in about her busy schedule.
I'd like to put in a few words on his behalf. [=to say something that supports him]
Would you mind putting in a good word for me? [=would you say something good about me?]
You will each have a chance to put in your two cents. [=to express your opinion]
d : to perform (a particular action)
She put in a plea of not guilty. [=she pleaded not guilty]
I need to put in [=make, submit] a report about this.
You have two weeks to put in [=submit] a claim with the insurance company.
They are putting in [=making] a $300,000 offer for the house.
I'd like to put in [=place] an order for a dozen roses.
Contractors have begun putting in bids for the job.
e : to work or do something for (an amount of time)
They put in an amazing performance last night.
The prime minister put in a call to [=called] the White House.
I won't be able to stay at the party long, but I'll at least try to put in an appearance. [=to go to the party for a short time]
She put in 10 hours at the office yesterday.
She put in a long day at work.
He has put in his time (in jail), and now he is a free man.
2 put in (something) or put (something) in (something) : to use (a certain amount of energy or effort) when doing something
If we put in a little more effort, we could finish by this afternoon.
He puts a lot of energy in his performances.
put (something) in (something)
3 a : to invest (money) into (something) b — used to say what causes you to have faith, confidence, etc. 4 put in for (something) : to ask for (something) in an official way : to formally request (something) 5 of a boat or ship : to enter a harbor or port
put into[phrasal verb]
put (something) into (something)
1 : to use (a certain amount of energy or effort) when doing (something) 2 : to invest (time, money, etc.) in (something)
put it thereinformal + old-fashionedorput her there
— used to invite someone to shake hands with you
put off[phrasal verb]
1 put (something) off or put off (something) : to decide that (something) will happen at a later time : postpone
The meeting has been put off until next week. = We put off (holding) the meeting until next week.
I've been meaning to call him, but I keep putting it off.
I've been putting off calling him.
put (someone) off or put off (someone)
2 a : to cause (someone) to wait b : to cause (someone) to dislike someone or something
c British : to allow (someone) to get off a bus or other vehicle
Don't let the restaurant's dingy appearance put you off—their food is great.
I was put off by his rudeness.
(chiefly Brit) His rudeness put me off him [=made me dislike him] at once.
put on[phrasal verb]
put (something) on or put on (something)
1 a : to dress yourself in (clothing) b : to apply (something) to your face or body
c : to add to or increase the amount of (something)
putting on lipstick/mascara/lotion
She puts on far too much makeup.
We tried to put on a happy/brave face [=we tried to appear happy/brave] despite our concern.
d : to cause (a machine, a light, etc.) to begin to work e : to cause (something) to begin to be heard, seen, produced, etc. f : to start cooking or making (something) g : to produce (something that entertains people, such as a play, a party, etc.)
The fire was getting low and we needed to put on more wood.
She put on [=gained] 40 pounds during her pregnancy.
He's put on some weight recently.
They're putting on a concert.
He always puts on a great show/performance.
The town puts on a fireworks display every Independence Day.
We are putting on a barbecue for everyone in the neighborhood.
put (something) on (someone or something)
2 a : to say that (someone or something) is responsible for or guilty of (something) b : to bet (an amount of money) on (someone or something) 3 put (someone or something) on (something) : to add (someone or something) to (a list or group of related things)
She asked to have her name put on the list of candidates.
They put her on the list.
We put several new dishes on the menu.
“Bartender, I'll have another beer.” “Okay, I'll put it on your bill.”
4 put (someone) onchiefly US, informal or put on (someone) : to say things that are not true to (someone) in a joking way : to trick or fool (someone) for amusement 5 — used to say that you would like to speak to someone on the phone
Hi Dad. Could you put Mom on? [=could you give Mom the phone so that I can speak to her?]
Put Dave on the phone, please.
6 put (someone) on (something) : to tell (someone) to use or do (something) 7 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)
1 a : to cause (something) to stop burning : extinguish b : to stop (something) from working c : to take (something) outside and leave it there
d : to extend (something) outward e : to place (something) where people may use it f : to produce (something)
I put the dog out in the backyard before leaving the house.
putting horses out to graze
(US) Don't forget to put out the trash/garbage. = (Brit) Don't forget to put out the rubbish.
g : to make (something) available to be bought, used, etc.
This small radiator puts out a surprising amount of heat.
They will have to put out considerable effort to meet the deadline.
It was early spring, and the trees were just starting to put out their leaves.
She plans to put out a new album in March.
They need to be putting out cars that get better gas mileage.
The information was given in a pamphlet put out by the university's health department.
Researchers recently put out a report/study on the issue.
The police have put out [=issued] a warrant for his arrest.
Someone put the word out [=started telling people] that the police were looking for her.
put (someone) out or put out (someone)
2 a : to annoy or bother (someone) b : to cause (someone) to do extra work : to cause trouble for (someone) c : to make (someone) unconscious d sports : to cause (someone) to be out in baseball or cricket 3 chiefly US, informal + impolite : to have sex with someone 4 of a boat or ship : to leave a harbor or port
put over[phrasal verb]
1 put (something) over or put over (something) : to cause (something) to be clearly understood : to put (something) across 2 put (yourself) over as (something) : to cause (yourself) to appear to be (a particular type of person) 3 put (something) over on (someone) : to lie about (something) to (someone) : to trick or deceive someone
put through[phrasal verb]
1 put (something) through or put through (something) : to cause (something) to be accepted or done successfully
They put through a number of reforms.
tax cuts that were put through by former administrations
I asked Human Resources to help me put through [=to help me get] a transfer to a different department.
2 put (someone) through (something) : to pay for (someone) to attend (school) 3 put (someone or something) through (something) : to cause (someone or something) to experience (something)
His doctor put him through a series of tests.
She put her parents through a lot when she was a teenager.
You've been put through quite an ordeal.
I've been put through hell!
We put that truck through a lot when we owned it.
The new software still needs to be put through its paces [=it still needs to be tested] before it can be made available to the public.
put (someone or something) through or put through (someone or something)
4 a : to cause a phone call from (someone) to be sent to another person's phone b : to cause (a phone call) to be sent to another person's phone
put together[phrasal verb]
put (something) together or put together (something)
1 a : to create (something) by joining or gathering parts together
b — used to say that someone or something is greater than the total of all the other people or things mentioned
You'll need a screwdriver to put the toy together.
They put their first band together when they were in high school.
Help me put together a list of what we need at the store.
She put a proposal together to give to the committee for consideration.
Her outfit was very well put together. [=the parts looked good together]
2 put (something) together with (something) : to add or combine (something) with (something)
I never would have thought of putting this wine together with fish.
The lack of rain put together with [=along with, combined with] the heat ruined many of the region's crops.
put up[phrasal verb]
put (something) up or put up (something)
1 a : to place (something) in a higher position
b : to cause (something) to be on a wall, to hang from a ceiling, etc. c : to set or place (something) so that it stands up d : to build (something) e : to make (something) available for people to buy or have — often + for f : to provide (money, property, etc.) in order to pay for something g : to offer (something) as a prize h chiefly British : to increase (something) : raise i US : to return (something) to the place where it belongs
They put up the flag in the morning and take it down at night.
Sit down. Put your feet up and relax.
If you have a question, please put up [=raise] your hand.
Stop! Put your hands up (over your head)!
When she goes to work, she usually puts her hair up (in a ponytail).
j chiefly US : to preserve (fruits, vegetables, etc.) to be used later : can
It's time to put up [=put away] your toys and get ready for bed.
He washed, dried, and put up the dishes after dinner.
put up (something)
2 a : to do (something) as a way of resisting or struggling against someone or something
b : to offer (something) as an argument, a suggestion, etc. c : to score (points)
We're not leaving without putting up a fight. [=without fighting]
As expected, the kids put up a fuss when we said it was time for bed.
They are likely to put up stiff resistance to any new proposals.
3 a 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
b chiefly British : to stay in someone's home, a hotel, etc., for the night
Could you put me up for the night?
His employers put him up at a hotel.
We put our guests up in the spare bedroom.
4 put (someone) up or put up (someone) : to choose or suggest (someone) to be a candidate or competitor 5 put (someone) up to (something) : to convince (someone) to do (something stupid or foolish) 6 put up with (something or someone) : to allow (someone or something unpleasant or annoying) to exist or happen : tolerate 7 put up or shut upinformal — used to tell someone in a somewhat rude way to start doing something or to stop talking about it
Learner's definition of PUT
: the act of throwing a shot put
Learner's definition of PUT
: to stay where you are : to not move or go anywhere