\ 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 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Monk sought to put the point in more general terms. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 The tech executive and father of three said his family plans to put the sculpture in the living room and the tea set alongside china in the dining room. CBS News, 9 May 2022 Anticipating that parents may be spooked by news of severe hepatitis in young children, the CDC officials tried to put the numbers in context. Helen Branswell, STAT, 9 May 2022 The National City Police Department decided not to assign officers to the event or to put special traffic measures in place. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 IndyCar driver Graham Rahal and his father, team owner and former driver Bobby Rahal, even offered to put Vettel in a car for a test at Road America. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 The Wolverines gave up goals in all manner of ways and generally struggled to put together offensive opportunities in a 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Wilderness. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 The intensity of the 2019 protests prompted the imposition of the National Security Law the following year and the reorganization of the legislature to put pro-Beijing forces firmly in charge in 2021. Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 There was a whale oil torch carried by the Wide Awakes, a paramilitary, political marching club that began in Hartford, then a leading U.S. city, before spreading across America and helping to put Abraham Lincoln in the White House. Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The stock's put/call open interest ratio sits in the elevated 97th percentile of its annual range. Moneyshow, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The hottest player in golf – a gamer in every sense of the word – quietly rocketed to the top of the board on a gusty day at the Masters after a 5-under 67 put Scheffler five strokes clear of the field at 8 under 136. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Converting a slice of airplane into a sleek and durable home office had been a personal project in 2021, but after his sister-in-law put photos of the cabin on social media, requests rolled in and things started to snowball. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 Buchanan did not hesitate, knocking it down to the put the Shamrocks ahead 56-50 with 1:49 left. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2022 That’s ramp, not ramps, on a reservoir that stretches about 180 miles upriver into Utah and usually offers boaters a choice of at least eight put-ins. AZCentral.com, 1 Mar. 2022 California’s fire seasons in recent years—including near Orinda, Calif in 2020—have put pressure on insurance companies, but state regulators say insurers can obtain adequate rate increases under the current system. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 His put-back with 1:21 left gave KU a 70-69 lead with a little over a minute remaining, and his bucket with 22 seconds left gave the Jayhawks the lead for good. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 His 3 late in the third put the Sixers back in the lead that was just one of a handful of tweet-worthy highlights. Dan Gelston, ajc, 21 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For the second straight year, the government has advised those living away from home to stay put, and train and plane travel has been curtailed. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2022 Underwater, the tiger sharks stayed put… and immediately following the storm, their numbers doubled. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Lehigh coach Brett Reed stayed put and just finished his 14th season at the school. Ralph D. Russo, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2021 Governor Dukakis told everyone to stay put, and yet the Globe resumed publication on Wednesday morning. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 Investors are also buying more put options, contracts that give them the right to sell stocks and other assets at a specific price. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 17 July 2021 Life Is Good put thoughts of a scorched earth speed duel to rest a few strides out of the gate at the $3 million Pegasus World Cup. Tom Jicha, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Jan. 2022 Mittman executive produces the pilot, which got a put pilot commitment at NBC in November, along with Sam Baum and Mark Goffman. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 The lacing configuration is simpler and more straightforward than on the 4.0, and the laces tie securely and stay put. Christine Digangi, Outside Online, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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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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