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

Definition of put

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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 on put 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
1a : assert, propose
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
: remind
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
2 : add, combine



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 Buckles are included, helping to guarantee the cover stays put, while reflective stripes keep the car visible, even at night. Lauren Rearick, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2021 The shortage has put a strain on remaining employees, Hames said. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2021 Faced with a reemerging COVID-19 crisis at home, enough Democrat lawmakers returned to Austin to clear a quorum and watch the Republican majority put the bill over the finish line. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, 7 Sep. 2021 Do not forget, dear reader, that the 2012 Draft put Jeff Luhnow on the map. James Yasko, Chron, 7 Sep. 2021 Bond worries that such tactics could put undue pressure on the unmasked students, noting that some - maybe most of them - are being ordered by their parents to leave their face bare. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 But Beshear is hoping the work on economic development policy helps put the state at the front of the pack in trying to land $2 billion-plus projects. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 However, Joiner absorbed a hard hit late and left the game, which could put Collins in position to get some carries Saturday against Youngstown State. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 6 Sep. 2021 The statue was taken down from the Paseo de la Reforma boulevard last year for restoration work ahead of an annual protest and has not been put back up. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Robin Lod's put-back goal from near the goal line in the 94th minute. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 But forward John Collins finally became a physical force in this series with a series of athletic put-back dunks and blocks, while Capela’s plan to challenge every Embiid catch and dribble was designed to test his conditioning. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 The injury happened on a strange play, with Paul in the air challenging James on a put-back attempt. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 The game was back-and-forth for the rest of the half, but Texas Southern's Karl Nicholas grabbed a key offensive rebound with just over two minutes remaining and scored on a put-back dunk to extend his team's lead to four. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2021 Play was delayed for an hour and five minutes after a put-back dunk attempt by Dr. Phillips junior Ernest Udeh Jr. shattered the glass on the backboard. Steven Ryzewski, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Feb. 2021 But Whit Merrifield’s grand slam with two outs in the seventh put the Royals up 5-3. San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Aug. 2021 The unwanted publicity put lawmakers, housing advocates, and landlord groups on a path that began well before the virus spread. Ben Finley, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2021 Staying put would have been too expensive, said Ms. Caddy, 24. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Steep moves in option prices rewarded market participants who bought large numbers of put contracts last week, said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho Securities USA. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Dealers who had sold put options faced big losses when crude futures began to fall on Monday. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 20 July 2021 On the other hand, a lot of people who might ordinarily have moved - Americans usually do - decided to hunker down and stay put; so there have been fewer homes to buy. Ingo Winzer, Forbes, 16 June 2021 The off-shoulder sleeves stay put, unlike other dresses that shoppers require readjusting, thanks to its elastic add-in. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 24 June 2021 If the Lions stay put, kick-starting their rebuild with a promising pass protector in Sewell would make a lot of sense for a franchise seemingly comfortable taking the long view. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2021 That has people who might have sold choosing instead to stay put, like Courtney Porcella and her husband, Jeffrey Cyr. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Bless the engineers who designed a door that stays put, sufficient justification to recommend this vehicle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021 The principles were simple: If you get lost, stay put — hug a tree — until help arrives. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Sep 2021

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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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