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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
put /pʊt/USA pronunciation v., put, put•ting,n. 

  • [+ object] to move (anything) into a specific location or position;
    place:Put your clothes back in your closet.
  • [no object] to go or proceed:The submarines put to sea.
  • [+ object] to bring into some condition, relation, etc.:putting all one's affairs in order.
  • [+ object] to force (someone) to undergo something or set (someone) to a duty, task, or action, etc.:They put me to work chopping wood.
  • [+ object] to provide musical accompaniment for (words); set:putting a poem to music.
  • [+ object] to assign;
    to place (something) in connection with something else in the mind:to put the blame on others.
  • [+ object + at + object] to estimate:I'd put the distance at about fifty miles.
  • [+ object + on + object] to bet or wager:He put half a million dollars on the horse to win.
  • [+ object] to express or state:To put it honestly, I don't care.
  • [+ object] to apply to a use or purpose:She put her knowledge to good use.
  • [+ object] to submit for others to consider:So I put it to you: Should we proceed or not?
  • [+ object + on] to impose:to put a new sales tax on beverages.
  • [+ object] to invest:She put all her savings into government bonds.
  • [+ object] to throw (a heavy metal ball):to put the shot.
  • put about, [Nautical.]
    • [no object] to change direction, as on a course.
    • [+ object + about] to turn in a different direction:Put the ship about.
  • put across, to cause to be understood or received favorably: [+ object + across]Can you put your ideas across better?[+ across + object]to put across her message as a candidate.
  • put aside or by: 
    • to store up; save: [+ object + aside]She had put some money aside.[+ aside + object]She managed to put aside some money.
    • to put out of the way: [+ object + aside]putting that issue aside for the moment.[+ aside + object]Put aside that issue.
    put away: 
    • to put in the correct or named place for storage: [+ object + away]Put the clothes away.[+ away + object]Put away your clothes.
    • to save, esp. for later use: [+ object + away]She had put some money away.[+ away + object]She put away some money.
    • to drink or eat, esp. in large amounts: [+ away + object]He can really put away those sandwiches![+ object + away]He can really put it away when he's hungry.
    • to confine or cause to be confined in a jail or a mental institution: [+ away + object]put away the convict for twenty years.[+ object + away]The judge put him away for twenty years.
    put down: 
    • to write down; record: [+ down + object]Put down your name on the list.[+ object + down]He put his name down.
    • to enter in a list, as of subscribers or contributors: [+ object + down + for + object]Put me down for fifteen dollars.[+ down + object + for + object]Put down Mr. Smith for (a donation of) fifty dollars.
    • to suppress; crush;
      defeat: [+ down + object]The army put down the rebellion.[+ object + down]The army put the rebellion down.
    • [+ object + down + to + object] to figure out or determine the reasons for; to attribute;
      ascribe:Put the mistakes down to carelessness.
    • [+ object + down + as + object] to regard or categorize (someone as being a certain type):The committee put him down as a chronic complainer.
    • to humiliate or embarrass; make (someone) feel foolish, insulted, or ridiculous: [+ object + down]She put him down with that nasty insult.[+ down + object]Don't feel bad; she puts down everybody who says anything nice to her.
    • to pay (money) as a deposit: [+ object + down]putting fifty dollars down on (= toward the purchase of) that refrigerator.[+ down + object]I'm putting down fifty dollars now.
    • [+ object + down] to land an aircraft:He put the plane down in a field.
    • to kill (an animal, esp. a pet) by methods that do not hurt or cause pain: [+ object + down]They had to put their old dog down; he was so sick.[+ down + object]It was hard for them to put down the old dog.
    put forth: 
    • [+ forth + object] to bear:trees putting forth green shoots.
    • to propose; present;
      set out for others to consider: [+ forth + object]putting forth all these new ideas.[+ object + forth]putting them forth.
    put forward: 
    • to propose; present;
      set out for others to consider;
      to advance: [+ forward + object]He put forward a new plan to coordinate the departments.[+ object + forward]He put a new plan forward.
  • put in, [+ in + object] to spend (time) as indicated:He put in twenty-five years at that job.
  • put in for, [+ in + for + object] to apply for or request:to put in for a transfer.
  • put off: 
    • to postpone; defer: [+ object + off]Can we put the meeting off?[+ off + object]He put off the meeting.[+ off + verb-ing]He put off discussing the problem with her.
    • to get rid of by avoiding, evading, or delaying: [+ object + off]Tell your secretary to put that salesman off until next week.[+ off + object]Put off that salesman until next week.
    • to disconcert or perturb: [+ object + off]The book's nasty tone put us off.[+ off + object]The book's tone will put off most readers.
    put on: 
    • to clothe oneself in: [+ object + on]Put your clothes on.[+ on + object]Put on your clothes.
    • [+ on + object] to assume or pretend:He was putting on airs, pretending to be royalty or something.
    • to produce or stage: [+ on + object]put on a performance.[+ object + on]They'll put a show on again in the spring.
    • [+ object + on][Informal.]to deceive (someone) as a joke; tease:You're putting me on—there really isn't a day off.
    • [+ on + object] to increase;
      gain:You've put on weight.
    put out: 
    • to extinguish, as a fire: [+ object + out]Put the fire out.[+ out + object]Put out the fire.
    • [+ object + out] to cause to be inconvenienced:I would be putting her out if I brought six uninvited guests for dinner.
    • [+ object + out][Baseball, Softball.]to cause to prevent from reaching base or scoring.
    • [+ out + object] to publish, broadcast, or make known:Who put out the story?
    put through: 
    • [+ object + through] to make a telephone connection for:Put me through to Los Angeles.
    • to make (a telephone connection): [+ object + through]to put a call through to Hong Kong.[+ through + object]to put through a call to Hong Kong.
    • [+ object + through + object] to cause (someone) to suffer or endure (something):She put us through misery.
    put up: 
    • to construct; erect: [+ up + object]to put up a tent.[+ object + up]to put a tent up.
    • to can; preserve: [+ up + object]to put up jelly.[+ object + up]to put vegetables up for the winter.
    • to provide or stake (money), as in gambling or business: [+ up  + object]Put up the cash or get out of the game.[+ object + up]Put the cash up or get out of the game.
    • to provide a place to sleep or stay for; to lodge: [+ up + object]We can put up a few guests.[+ object + up]We can put a few guests up.
    • [+ up + object] to mount or engage in, as opposition, a struggle, a fight, etc.:We'll have to put up a fight.
    • to offer, esp. for public sale: [+ up + object]They put up their house for sale.[+ object + up]They put their house up for sale.
  • put upon, [no object] to be taken unfair advantage of; to be imposed upon:He felt very put upon in his new job.
  • put up to, [+ object + up + to + object] to provoke or incite:Who put you up to these cowardly acts?
  • put up with, [+ up + with + object] to tolerate:How can you put up with such intense pain?

  • n. [countable]
  • a throw, esp. with a forward motion of the hand.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsput one's best foot forward, to try to make as good an impression as possible.
    2. Idiomsput oneself out, to take pains;
      go to trouble or expense.
    3. Idiomsput something over on, [+ object] to deceive.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    put /pʊt/ vb (puts, putting, put)(mainly tr)
    1. to cause to be (in a position or place): to put a book on the table
    2. to cause to be (in a state, relation, etc): to put one's things in order
    3. (followed by to) to cause (a person) to experience the endurance or suffering (of): to put to death, to put to the sword
    4. to set or commit (to an action, task, or duty), esp by force: he put him to work
    5. to render, transform, or translate: to put into English
    6. to set (words) in a musical form (esp in the phrase put to music)
    7. (followed by at) to estimate: he put the distance at fifty miles
    8. (followed by to) to utilize (for the purpose of): he put his knowledge to good use
    9. (followed by to) to couple a female animal (with a male) for the purpose of breeding: the farmer put his heifer to the bull
    10. to state; express: to put it bluntly
    11. to set or make (an end or limit): he put an end to the proceedings
    12. to present for consideration in anticipation of an answer or vote; propose: he put the question to the committee, I put it to you that one day you will all die
    13. to invest (money) in; give (support) to: he put five thousand pounds into the project
    14. to impart: to put zest into a party
    15. to throw or cast
    16. not know where to put oneselfto feel awkward or embarrassed
    17. stay putto refuse to leave; keep one's position
    1. a throw or cast, esp in putting the shot

    2. Also called: put option an option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited period

    See also put about, put acrossEtymology: 12th Century puten to push; related to Old English potian to push, Norwegian, Icelandic pota to poke

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