put about

verb
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

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Her first investing experience was putting about $7,000 in Fidelity’s Magellan fund at the beginning of 1987. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Individual Investors Try Not to Panic Over Big Market Gyrations," 1 Jan. 2019 An investor who puts $100 into an S&P 500 fund today is effectively putting about $3.70 into Microsoft and 3 cents into Campbell Soup, even if that investor thinks Campbell looks like a better buy. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "40 years after his “folly,” Bogle’s index funds reign," 23 Jan. 2019 The Stiebelings put about 6,000 miles on their Itasca each year but plan to take longer trips down the road. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Touring America in an RV That’s Basically a Five-Star Hotel," 11 Oct. 2018 According to state legislative analysis, 112 would put about 85 percent of Colorado’s non-federal land off-limits to drilling — 94 percent in the five most oil-heavy counties. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 Dampen your fingertips, then put about a quarter-size drop of cleanser in your hand. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 Hollinger took Polaroids of trees, boiled the prints (sure, why not?) and put about a dozen of the distressed emulsions in a vitrine. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Making art of root and branch, trunk and leaf in “Trees II”," 21 June 2018 Brown and Democratic leaders want to put about $2 billion in the emergency fund. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "California has billions in extra money. Why don't taxpayers get a refund?," 13 June 2018 In fact, Marines can put about six miles between them and a dangerous threat, but still be able to precisely strike. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Marines' new Switchblade drones will unleash lethal mini missiles," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of put about

1607, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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