put about


put about; putting about; puts 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 Dangerous heat waves will hit cities This summer’s heat waves put about one-third of the U.S. population under heat advisories. Olivia Ferrari, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 That, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, puts about 250,000 kindergartners at risk for measles, which often leads to hospitalization and can cause death. Amy Maxmen, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2024 By her count, the loss of funds would put about 700,000 households at risk of eviction or homelessness, due to the loss of housing vouchers and other programs. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Yes, hiring picked up last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, even after the Hollywood strikes and the shutdown of a big trucking company put about 46,000 people out of work. Globe Columnist, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 With each 1-meter loss in reef height, the flood plain would increase across Hawaii by 33 square kilometers, putting about 9,200 more people in peril of flooding, and affecting more than $1.3 billion in property and economic activity, according to the report. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 21 July 2023 In both instances, nearly all of the funding for the initiative came from the Los Angeles nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which put about $60 million into the losing efforts. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 Last year, the state’s automakers put about 1 million vehicles on the road. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 14 July 2023 The current owner put about $400,000 into renovations since purchasing it about two years ago, Vozeh said. Mitchell Parton, Dallas News, 5 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of put about was in 1607

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“Put about.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20about. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

put about

: to change course or direction
after sailing north, they put about and headed east

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