put (something) to (good) use

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Definition of put (something) to (good) use

: to use (something) in an effective way
  • I'm looking forward to putting my new skills to use.
  • Thanks for the donation. We'll put it to good use.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  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 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

good play
  1. : of a favorable character or tendency

  2. : bountiful, fertile

  3. : handsome, attractive

  1. : something that is good

  2. : something conforming to the moral order of the universe

  3. : praiseworthy character : goodness

  1. : well

  2. used as an intensive

use play
  1. : the act or practice of employing something : employment, application

  2. : the fact or state of being used

  3. : a method or manner of employing or applying something

  1. : accustom, habituate

  2. : to put into action or service : avail oneself of : employ

  3. : to consume or take (liquor, drugs, etc.) regularly


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