put about

put about; putting about; puts about

Definition of put about

transitive verb

of a ship : to cause to change course or direction

intransitive verb

of a ship : to change course or direction : go on another tack

Examples of put about in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bill puts about $310 billion more toward the PPP. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Coronavirus Updates: Stimulus Deal Struck; Oil-Price Plunge Weighs on Markets," 22 Apr. 2020 Between 1870 and 1900, American farmers put about 230 million acres into agricultural production, much of it in the Great Plains. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Thirty-eight states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico have issued stay-at-home orders — putting about 300 million Americans under restrictions. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Coronavirus cases worldwide now top 1 million," 2 Apr. 2020 Amid the uncertainty, a simulation of a coronavirus outbreak by Johns Hopkins University in October, in which 65m people lost their lives, was put about as a prediction. The Economist, "Made in China Will the Wuhan virus become a pandemic?," 30 Jan. 2020 Together, the sales and adoptions put about 7,000 horses into private hands last year, not enough even to keep pace with roundups, let alone draw down the number now warehoused. Dave Philipps, New York Times, "A Mustang Crisis Looms in the West," 22 Mar. 2020 It was forced to put about 70 employees of its Hillsboro hospital into home quarantine after suspected contact with a COVID-19 patients. oregonlive, "Kaiser shuts down clinic operations in anticipation of COVID-19 onslaught," 18 Mar. 2020 Elephant seals pour in: At Año Nuevo State Park Natural Preserve, the elephant seal counts have rocketed from about 300 at the start of fall to a pace that would put about 3,500 of the behemoths at the preserve in December. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "More than 1 million waterfowl star in driving tour of Sacramento National Wildlife Complex," 23 Nov. 2019 The Chinese government has put about 50 million people on lockdown, shutting down all forms of transportation and roads in and around Wuhan, itself home to about 11 million people. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Fifth coronavirus patient diagnosed in US as officials investigate more potential cases," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of put about

1607, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Put about.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20about. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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