- 1 put something + adv./prep. to move something into a particular place or position Put the cases down there, please. Did you put sugar in my coffee? Put your hand up if you need more paper.
- 2 put something + adv./prep. to move something into a particular place or position using force He put his fist through a glass door.
- 3 put somebody/something + adv./prep. to cause somebody/something to go to a particular place Her family put her into a nursing home. It was the year the Americans put a man on the moon. attach
- 4 put something + adv./prep. to attach or fix something to something else We had to put new locks on all the doors. write
- 5 put something (+ adv./prep.) to write something or make a mark on something Put your name here. Friday at 11? I'll put it in my diary. I couldn't read what she had put. into state/condition
- 6 put somebody/something + adv./prep. to bring somebody/something into the state or condition mentioned I was put in charge of the office. The incident put her in a bad mood. Put yourself in my position. What would you have done? I tried to put the matter into perspective. Don't go putting yourself at risk. It was time to put their suggestion into practice. This new injury will put him out of action for several weeks. affect somebody/something
- 7 put something on/onto/to something to make somebody/something feel something or be affected by something Her new job has put a great strain on her. They put pressure on her to resign. It's time you put a stop to this childish behaviour. give value/rank
- 8put something on something to give or attach a particular level of importance, trust, value, etc. to something Our company puts the emphasis on quality. He put a limit on the amount we could spend.
- 9put somebody/something + adv./prep. to consider somebody/something to belong to the class or level mentioned I'd put her in the top rank of modern novelists. express
- 10 put something + adv./prep. to express or state something in a particular way She put it very tactfully. Put simply, we accept their offer or go bankrupt. I was, to put it mildly, annoyed (= I was extremely angry). He was too trusting—or, to put it another way, he had no head for business. The meat was—how shall I put it?—a little overdone. As T.S. Eliot puts it… She had never tried to put this feeling into words. Can you help me put this letter into good English, please? in sport
- 11put something to throw the shot Word Origin Old English (recorded only in the verbal noun putung), of unknown origin; compare with dialect pote ‘to push, thrust’ (an early sense of the verb put).Extra examples I thought you put your points very well. I was annoyed, to put it mildly= I was extremely angry. I was, to put it mildly, annoyed. Put simply, we accept their offer or go bankrupt. Can you help me put the roof rack on the car? Don’t go putting yourself at risk. He put Ray on guard with a gun. I tried to put the matter into perspective. I’d put her in the top rank of modern novelists. It was time to put their suggestion into practice. It’s a great book. I couldn’t put it down. Put yourself in my position. What would you have done? She had never tried to put this feeling into words. She put the phone down on me before I had finished speaking. We’re not allowed to put posters on the walls.Idioms Most idioms containing put are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example put your foot in it is at foot. (informal) used to say that you think somebody is capable of doing something wrong, illegal, etc. (British English, informal) to have many sexual partners to suggest something to somebody to see if they can argue against it I put it to you that you are the only person who had a motive for the crime. (informal) to persuade somebody to believe something that is not true Don't try to put one over on me! (informal, especially British English) to force somebody to experience something difficult or unpleasant They really put me through it (= asked me difficult questions) at the interview. used when comparing or contrasting somebody/something with a group of other people or things to mean ‘combined’ or ‘in total’ Your department spent more last year than all the others put together. (especially British English) used to tell somebody to stop just talking about something and actually do it, show it, etc. Phrasal Verbsput somethingaboutput something above somethingput something above somethingput somethingasideput somebody at somethingput somebodyawayput somethingawayput somethingbackput something behind youput somethingbyput downput somebodydownput somethingdownput somebody down as somethingput somebody down for somethingput something down to somethingput somethingforthput forward somebodyput somethingforwardput somebodyinput somethinginput in (at…)put in for somethingput somebody in for somethingput something into somethingput somebodyoffput somebody off somebodyput somethingoffput somebody onput somethingonput something on somethingput somebody onto somebodyput out (for somebody)put somebody output somethingoutput output over somethingput something overput somethingthroughput somebody through somethingput somebody throughput somebody to somethingput something to somebodyput somethingtogetherput something towards somethingput up somethingput somebodyupput somethingupput up (at…)put up for somethingput somebody up to somethingput up with somebodyput yourself out (for somebody)
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BrE BrE//pʊt//; NAmE NAmE//pʊt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they put
BrE BrE//pʊt//; NAmE NAmE//pʊt//he / she / it puts
BrE BrE//pʊts//; NAmE NAmE//pʊts//past simple put
BrE BrE//pʊt//; NAmE NAmE//pʊt//past participle put
BrE BrE//pʊt//; NAmE NAmE//pʊt//-ing form putting
BrE BrE//ˈpʊtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʊtɪŋ//