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put down

verb

Definition of put down

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring to an end :  stop <put down a riot>

  3. 2 a :  depose, degrade b :  disparage, belittle <mentioned his poetry only to put it down> c :  disapprove, criticize <was put down for the way she dressed> d :  humiliate, squelch <put him down with a sharp retort>

  4. 3 :  to make ineffective :  check <put down the gossip>

  5. 4 :  to do away with (as an injured, sick, or aged animal) :  destroy

  6. 5 a :  to put in writing b :  to enter in a list

  7. 6 a :  to place in a category <I put him down as a hypochondriac — O. S. J. Gogarty> b :  attribute <put it down to inexperience>

  8. 7 :  to pack or preserve for future use

  9. 8 :  consume <putting down helping after helping — Carson McCullers>

put down roots
  1. :  to establish a permanent residence



Examples of put down

  1. <he has the annoying habit of putting down others under the guise of offering constructive criticism>

  2. <we had the whole agreement put down on paper>



14th Century

First Known Use of put down

14th century



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