put across


put across; putting across; puts across

transitive verb

: to convey effectively or forcefully
put her viewpoint across subtly

Examples of put across in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This production — directed, like the original, by Des McAnuff — won’t provide that, being less interested in trying to put across the story (by McAnuff and Townshend) than in obscuring it with relentless noise and banal imagery. Jesse Green, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 This gesture did not read so well in the church’s large space, with intrusions from outdoor sounds and indoor fans; the breathing could have been exaggerated more to put across Trumbore’s point. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Each actress puts across emotionally persuasive moments, yet there’s a bland, unappealing imperiousness in the street smarts of 80 for Brady and the romantic resolutions of Book Club, which get no deeper than being girlish. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2023 Well, yes, that’s what was put across to me. Marc Malkin, Variety, 13 Feb. 2022 Duntsch took careful steps to put across the image of a hardworking, competent and caring person and doctor. Mahita Gajanan, Time, 16 July 2021 Instead, its goal is to put across the themes, characters and atmosphere of the world. Joe Parlock, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Baltimore entered 24th among the 30 major league teams in scoring, then put across its highest runs total since beating Oakland 18-2 on Aug. 16, 2015. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of put across was in 1906

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“Put across.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20across. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

put across

: to gain or communicate successfully
put across a plan

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