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 second bill, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, would put about one million undocumented farmworkers and their families on the path to citizenship and improve the H-2A temporary worker program. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "House Immigration Reform Measures Now To Be Considered By Senate," 20 Mar. 2021 O’Connor and his staff put about a year into research and development for the songs and another six months to get recordings finished. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "In Computero: Hear How AI Software Wrote a ‘New’ Nirvana Song," 2 Apr. 2021 In 2020, investors put about $8.9 billion into space industry startups. Eren Ozmen For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't fully explore space without the government addressing these problems," 30 Mar. 2021 The Postal Service used to put about 20 percent of your mail on airplanes to move it across the country. Washington Post, "What’s in Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the USPS," 23 Mar. 2021 Wisconsin's Department of Financial Services estimates state residents put about $2.7 million into the scheme and that many of them lost more than half their retirement savings. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin retirees fell for pitches to their political and religious views and sunk $2.7 million into precious coins scam," 23 Mar. 2021 The state put about $4 million into environmental cleanup, road construction and similar work, but Newport Realty is paying all construction costs itself. Don Stacom, courant.com, "First phase of $17 million apartment and retail project in Berlin slated to be finished by 2021," 23 Mar. 2021 In response, the county wants to put about one million cubic yards of sand on the beach. New York Times, "Tiny Town, Big Decision: What Are We Willing to Pay to Fight the Rising Sea?," 14 Mar. 2021 The car’s prior owner, Arizona collector and Jaguar expert Terry Larson, bought it in 1999 and put about 20,000 miles on the automobile during his stewardship. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Car of the Week: This 1954 Jaguar D-Type Race Car Will Have Collectors in a Frenzy," 8 Mar. 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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