\ ˈpu̇t How to pronounce put (audio) \
put; putting

Definition of put

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay put the book on the table
b : to move in a specified direction
c(1) : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust
(2) : to throw with an overhand pushing motion put the shot
d : to bring into a specified state or condition a reapportionment … that was put into effect at the September primariesCurrent Biography
e : to prescribe a specified regimen for usually used with onput her on medicationput him on a diet
2a : to cause to endure or suffer something : subject put traitors to death
b : impose, inflict put a special tax on luxuries
3a : to set before one for judgment or decision put the question
b : to call for a formal vote on put the motion
4a(1) : to convey into another form want to put my feelings into words
(2) : to translate into another language or style put the poem into English
(3) : adapt lyrics put to music
b : express, state putting it mildly
5a : to devote (oneself) to an activity or end put himself to winning back their confidence
b : apply put her mind to the problem
c : assign put them to work
d : to cause to perform an action : urge put the horse over the fence
e : impel, incite put them into a frenzy
6a : repose, rest puts his faith in reason
b : invest entry 1 sense 1 put her money in the company
7a : to give as an estimate put the time as about eleven
b : attach, attribute puts a high value on their friendship
c : impute put the blame on the partners
8 : bet, wager put $2 on the favorite

intransitive verb

1 : to start in motion : go especially : to leave in a hurry
2 of a ship : to take a specified course put down the river
put forth
b : to make public : issue
2 : to bring into action : exert
3 : to produce or send out by growth put forth leaves
4 : to start out
put forward
: propose put forward a theory
put in mind put one's finger on
: identify put his finger on the cause of the trouble
put one's foot down
: to take a firm stand
put one's foot in one's mouth
: to make a tactless or embarrassing blunder
put paid to
chiefly British
: to finish off : bring an end to
put the arm on or put the bite on
: to ask for money
put the finger on
: to inform on put the finger on … heroin pushers— Barrie Zwicker
put the make on
: to make sexual advances toward
put to bed
: to make the final preparations for printing (something, such as a newspaper)
put together
1 : to create as a unified whole : construct



Definition of put (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion specifically : the act or an instance of putting the shot
2 : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call sense 3d

Definition of put (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in place : fixed, set stay put until I call

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Examples of put in a Sentence

Verb Put the car in the garage. I put the keys on the table. He put his arms around her and held her tight. He fell and accidentally put his hand through a window. 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. Don't forget to put your signature on the check. He put his phone number on a napkin.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some insiders put the prospects at 50/50 or better. Torey Van Oot Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "A last shot at a bonding bill in Minnesota?," 10 Oct. 2020 In that case, Splash News chartered a helicopter to take images of the couple's private home in the Cotswolds region of England, which Buckingham Palace said put the pair's safety at risk. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Harry and Meghan receive apology for alleged drone photos of baby Archie," 9 Oct. 2020 Adalja, of Johns Hopkins, suggested public health authorities in Arizona should request information on Pence's exposure to ensure Arizonans aren't put at risk by these visits. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "Should Pence and Biden be in quarantine rather than campaigning in Arizona? Experts say maybe," 9 Oct. 2020 The mother of two suffers from neurological and lung diseases, which put her at high risk of complications if infected with the novel coronavirus. Washington Post, "Leading Iranian human rights advocate freed from prison amid fear of contracting covid-19 behind bars," 8 Oct. 2020 After that, a shanked punt traveled 4 yards and put the ball at the Roneagle 24. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "He went from ‘P.E. all-American’ to winning high school quarterback; Carver tops McDonogh 35," 8 Oct. 2020 Residents are usually elderly and have a variety of health problems that put them at greater risk of getting a serious case of the coronavirus. Fox News, "Coronavirus outbreak kills 9 at California nursing facility," 8 Oct. 2020 News reports also noted that in addition to asthma, Christie is overweight, which could put him at higher risk from the virus. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Fact-check: No evidence ex-N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is on ventilator for COVID-19," 8 Oct. 2020 Since last spring, Oregon OSHA has been snowed under with more than 11,600 complaints from workers terrified that they are being put at risk by their employers' sloppy practices. oregonlive, "Working in a pandemic: New meaning to “dead-end job”," 8 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But with air travel so restrained, far fewer are selling the put options that producers want to buy, ramping up the cost of producer deals. Alex Longley, Bloomberg.com, "Biggest Oil Hedges Get Pricier on Global Aviation Collapse," 9 Oct. 2020 Effort, getting offensive rebounds, put backs, making big shots. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "Central's Annor Boateng stands out at Pangos," 6 Oct. 2020 Michael Benjamin Washington lends bookish Bernard a poignant dignity as the character shrugs off a battery of racist put-downs. Charles Mcnulty, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Parsons heads cast of Netflix’s solid remake of gay classic ‘The Boys in the Band’," 30 Sep. 2020 The Storm, who hadn’t played since Sept. 13 after receiving a double-bye, took Game 1 in the best-of-five series on a buzzer-beater put-back from Alysha Clark, 88-86. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "The Seattle Storm narrowly took Game 1 of the WNBA semifinal series against the Minnesota Lynx. But UConn’s Napheesa Collier filled up the stat sheet in a losing effort.," 23 Sep. 2020 That the game ended with Alysha Clark's buzzer-beating put-back and a two-point loss was disappointing to the Lynx. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Last-second loss only strengthens resolve of Lynx," 23 Sep. 2020 Alisha Gray then had a put-back to trim the deficit to two. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "Wings’ fourth-quarter comeback bid falls short against Candace Parker, Sparks," 3 Sep. 2020 In the closing seconds, the Lakers’ LeBron James followed his own miss to convert a go-ahead put-back, then forced the Clippers’ Paul George to misfire on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "The Los Angeles Teams Are the Best in the West, but Questions Remain," 16 Aug. 2020 Every candidate seeks the crushing put-down that can crystalize the election season in a phrase. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The 'Meanwhile in America' pregame guide to zingers, tells and expectations in the first presidential debate," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Stretch or elastic waistbands are highly flexible and stay put. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best women’s wetsuit pant," 3 Oct. 2020 Dan Dundon and Tim McDevitt volunteered to stay put, hoping to use the fire engine and water resources to protect the resort. Jake Thomas, oregonlive, "Residents recount terrifying descent of wildfire into Santiam Canyon: ‘It was like hot lava'," 18 Sep. 2020 But while studio-style bikes are pretty much designed to stay put, Exerpeutic offers shockingly sturdy devices that fold up for easy storage. Popular Science, "The best stationary bikes to help you crush cardio training at home," 7 July 2020 So that was kind of a put two and two together kind of situation. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Q&A: Former Longhorn Nate Boyer on social activism at Texas," 30 June 2020 Though such fires can travel some distance under the surface, and so do not have to reappear where last seen, most stay put. The Economist, "The fires within the deep Have Siberian fires been smouldering underground all winter?," 4 June 2020 Three weeks might not seem significant in a 16-month timeframe, but every day a decision wasn’t made put organizers further behind. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Olympics are to be held in 2021, organizers need every day to pull them off," 30 Mar. 2020 The future battles between him and Ballard sophomore Maker Bar with put fans in the stands by itself. David J. Kim, Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "The best of the preps: What stood out to us from this high school basketball season," 24 Mar. 2020 Kayla McGill, 32, of the 1100 block of Valley View Drive, Downers Grove, was charged with retail theft, after a security officer at Walmart, at 2189 75th St., saw her put merchandise, which cost $43, in her purse without paying for it. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Burr Ridge police blotter: Vehicle window broken and briefcase with cash, watches and iPad, reported stolen," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of put


12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for put


Middle English putten; akin to Old English putung instigation, Middle Dutch poten to plant

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The first known use of put was in the 12th century

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for put


\ ˈpu̇t How to pronounce put (audio) \
put; putting

Kids Definition of put

1 : to place in or move into a particular position She put the book on a table. Put your hand up.
2 : to bring into a specified state or condition The charity puts the money to good use. He put the room in order.
3 : to cause to undergo something Our class puts them to shame.
4 : to give expression to I can't put my fear into words. This book puts the idea clearly.
5 : to devote to or urge to an activity They can improve if they put their minds to it. The coach is putting us to work.
6 : to think of as worthy of : attribute The candidate puts a high value on peace.
7 : to begin a voyage The ship put to sea.
put away
: to take in food and drink She put away a big dinner.
put down
1 : to bring to an end by force Police put down the riot.
put forward
: propose sense 1 The committee put forward a new plan.
put in
1 : to ask for She put in for a job.
2 : to spend time in a place or activity I put in two hours of work.
put off
: to hold back to a later time : defer I put off my appointment.
put on
1 : to dress in He put a new jacket on.
2 : pretend sense 2 She put on a show of anger.
3 : produce entry 1 sense 4 The senior class put on a play.
put out
1 : extinguish sense 1 Be sure to put out the light.
2 : irritate sense 1, annoy I was put out by their behavior.
3 : make entry 1 sense 1 The factory puts out tires.
4 : to cause to be out (in baseball)
5 : to make use of The team put out a real effort.
put together
1 : to create as a whole : construct
2 : to consider as a single unit “… Mr. Rice taught me more than all my other teachers put together.”— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
put up
1 : build entry 1 sense 1 The town plans to put up a new school.
2 : to make (as food) ready for later use I put vegetables up for the winter.
3 : to give or get shelter and often food They often put tourists up.
4 : to make by action or effort They put up a good fight.
put up to
: to urge or cause to do something wrong or unexpected Those kids put me up to the prank.
put up with
: to stand for : tolerate I won't put up with any more of his nonsense.



Legal Definition of put

: put option at option 3

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