\ ˈpu̇t How to pronounce put (audio) \
put; putting

Definition of put

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay put the book on the table
b : to move in a specified direction
c(1) : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust
(2) : to throw with an overhand pushing motion put the shot
d : to bring into a specified state or condition a reapportionment … that was put into effect at the September primariesCurrent Biography
e : to prescribe a specified regimen for usually used with on put her on medicationput him on a diet
2a : to cause to endure or suffer something : subject put traitors to death
b : impose, inflict put a special tax on luxuries
3a : to set before one for judgment or decision put the question
b : to call for a formal vote on put the motion
4a(1) : to convey into another form want to put my feelings into words
(2) : to translate into another language or style put the poem into English
(3) : adapt lyrics put to music
b : express, state putting it mildly
5a : to devote (oneself) to an activity or end put himself to winning back their confidence
b : apply put her mind to the problem
c : assign put them to work
d : to cause to perform an action : urge put the horse over the fence
e : impel, incite put them into a frenzy
6a : repose, rest puts his faith in reason
b : invest entry 1 sense 1 put her money in the company
7a : to give as an estimate put the time as about eleven
b : attach, attribute puts a high value on their friendship
c : impute put the blame on the partners
8 : bet, wager put $2 on the favorite

intransitive verb

1 : to start in motion : go especially : to leave in a hurry
2 of a ship : to take a specified course put down the river
put forth
1a : assert, propose
b : to make public : issue
2 : to bring into action : exert
3 : to produce or send out by growth put forth leaves
4 : to start out
put forward
: propose put forward a theory
put in mind
: remind
put one's finger on
: identify put his finger on the cause of the trouble
put one's foot down
: to take a firm stand
put one's foot in one's mouth
: to make a tactless or embarrassing blunder
put paid to
chiefly British
: to finish off : bring an end to
put the arm on or put the bite on
: to ask for money
put the finger on
: to inform on put the finger on … heroin pushers— Barrie Zwicker
put the make on
: to make sexual advances toward
put to bed
: to make the final preparations for printing (something, such as a newspaper)
put together
1 : to create as a unified whole : construct
2 : add, combine



Definition of put (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion specifically : the act or an instance of putting the shot
2 : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call sense 3d



Definition of put (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in place : fixed, set stay put until I call

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Examples of put in a Sentence

Verb Put the car in the garage. I put the keys on the table. He put his arms around her and held her tight. He fell and accidentally put his hand through a window. The illness put her in the hospital for three days. They put her in prison for forgery. Her parents decided to put her in a special school for deaf children. If she drove 55 mph for 20 minutes, that would put her about halfway there by now. Don't forget to put your signature on the check. He put his phone number on a napkin.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The couple put together their wedding registry in tandem, says the bride. Julie Tong, Vogue, "The Vogue Wedding Registry for the Unconventional, Avant-Garde Bride," 5 Apr. 2021 Norwegian cruise lines will incorporate safety protocol developed by the Healthy Sail Panel, a task force put together with Royal Caribbean. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'100% vaccinated': Norwegian announces vaccine requirement for all passengers, crew on cruises," 5 Apr. 2021 In broad strokes, the legislation put together by Biden's team contains concepts pushed by the left for the past few years. BostonGlobe.com, "Joe Biden has tamed the left, at least for now," 4 Apr. 2021 So young children can enjoy the game, put the ladders close together or don't keep score. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn games for kids," 4 Apr. 2021 The Iron County structure seems to be made up of three steel panels put together to form a triangular prism. The Salt Lake Tribune, "New monolith pops up in Iron County," 4 Apr. 2021 Milwaukee led by as many as seven in the second quarter but neither team could put together extended runs of points or stops to separate from one another. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 129, Kings 128: Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez help make up for Giannis Antetokounmpo's absence," 3 Apr. 2021 The Homerville, Georgia, native, who had two 100-yard games in 2018, is still working to put it all together at UC, especially after being forced to watch Georgia defeat the Bearcats in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Day. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "'Competition breeds excellence': Ford, McClelland lead crowded race to be UC's No. 1 RB," 3 Apr. 2021 The same 9to5Mac that found the recalibration tool in iOS 14 code has put together a video showing all the new iOS 14.5 beta 6 features, including the battery recalibration features. Chris Smith, BGR, "Here’s how the iOS 14.5 battery recalibration tool works on your iPhone," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carrington’s steal and layup put Baylor ahead, 75-73. BostonGlobe.com, "UConn upperclassmen make the difference in No. 1 seed’s victory over No. 5 Iowa," 27 Mar. 2021 An at-the-money put or call is priced at nearly 40 percent of the stock price, a very high level that suggests poor collective confidence in today’s price. Sami J. Karam, National Review, "Has Tesla Hit Its Peak?," 23 Mar. 2021 However, the security's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.57 sits in the low 6th percentile of its annual range, meaning short-term option traders have rarely been more call-biased. Schaeffer's Investment Research, Forbes, "Bull Signal Flashing For Chemical Stock," 10 Mar. 2021 His slider, a put-away pitch the year before, was not as effective, nor was his change-up. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "From reliever to greenkeeper: Offseason golf course job keeps Taylor Widener busy," 5 Mar. 2021 Another great memory is when at the very end, Shooter is gloating about making this gorgeous put. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Christopher McDonald Answers Every Question We Have About Happy Gilmore," 25 Feb. 2021 How many people were inside Sky Zone was not precisely determined, with Sky Zone officials estimating the number at perhaps 330 while police put said the crowd ranged from 500 to 700 people. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Sky Zone threatens lawsuit if Orland Park’s decision to pull business license stands," 23 Feb. 2021 Instead of rallying the Longhorns, Jared Butler made his free throws and another quick basket put Baylor up by 10. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, "No. 2 Baylor stays unbeaten, tops No. 6 Texas 83-69," 2 Feb. 2021 Lanetta Williams, the Wave closed out the half with two layups by Jones and a put back by Jordan on the break with 13.2 seconds showing. Darrell Williams, NOLA.com, "Spirited Tulane women blast Memphis for first AAC win of season," 2 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That has people who might have sold choosing instead to stay put, like Courtney Porcella and her husband, Jeffrey Cyr. BostonGlobe.com, "There’s been no surge in sales for the spring housing market," 7 Apr. 2021 Bless the engineers who designed a door that stays put, sufficient justification to recommend this vehicle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Drive Review: Why These Two Mercedes SUVs Belong in the Same Garage," 1 Apr. 2021 The principles were simple: If you get lost, stay put — hug a tree — until help arrives. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boy’s death on Palomar Mountain led to wilderness survival program that endures," 29 Mar. 2021 The economic fallout brought on by COVID-19 put millions of families in Ms. White’s shoes. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "More American families struggling to afford food. Can food banks cope?," 8 Dec. 2020 An active lifestyle requires earphones that are comfortable and stay put. Jennifer Manfrin, chicagotribune.com, "28 best deals to beat the holiday rush," 6 Dec. 2020 Governors across the United States are urging people to stay put, instead of bringing extended family and friends together for a few hours of gratitude and feasting. Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mini pumpkin pies can help Thanksgiving 2020 feel right," 23 Nov. 2020 Cities, especially big ones like Houston or New Orleans, need several days to evacuate safely, and a few miles difference in track can drive decisions about whether to leave or stay put. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Hurricane path forecasts have much improved. Are they as good as they can get?," 23 Oct. 2020 Stretch or elastic waistbands are highly flexible and stay put. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best women’s wetsuit pant," 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of put


12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for put


Middle English putten; akin to Old English putung instigation, Middle Dutch poten to plant

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7 Apr 2021

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“Put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for put


\ ˈpu̇t How to pronounce put (audio) \
put; putting

Kids Definition of put

1 : to place in or move into a particular position She put the book on a table. Put your hand up.
2 : to bring into a specified state or condition The charity puts the money to good use. He put the room in order.
3 : to cause to undergo something Our class puts them to shame.
4 : to give expression to I can't put my fear into words. This book puts the idea clearly.
5 : to devote to or urge to an activity They can improve if they put their minds to it. The coach is putting us to work.
6 : to think of as worthy of : attribute The candidate puts a high value on peace.
7 : to begin a voyage The ship put to sea.
put away
: to take in food and drink She put away a big dinner.
put down
1 : to bring to an end by force Police put down the riot.
put forward
: propose sense 1 The committee put forward a new plan.
put in
1 : to ask for She put in for a job.
2 : to spend time in a place or activity I put in two hours of work.
put off
: to hold back to a later time : defer I put off my appointment.
put on
1 : to dress in He put a new jacket on.
2 : pretend sense 2 She put on a show of anger.
3 : produce entry 1 sense 4 The senior class put on a play.
put out
1 : extinguish sense 1 Be sure to put out the light.
2 : irritate sense 1, annoy I was put out by their behavior.
3 : make entry 1 sense 1 The factory puts out tires.
4 : to cause to be out (in baseball)
5 : to make use of The team put out a real effort.
put together
1 : to create as a whole : construct
2 : to consider as a single unit “… Mr. Rice taught me more than all my other teachers put together.”— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
put up
1 : build entry 1 sense 1 The town plans to put up a new school.
2 : to make (as food) ready for later use I put vegetables up for the winter.
3 : to give or get shelter and often food They often put tourists up.
4 : to make by action or effort They put up a good fight.
put up to
: to urge or cause to do something wrong or unexpected Those kids put me up to the prank.
put up with
: to stand for : tolerate I won't put up with any more of his nonsense.



Legal Definition of put

: put option at option 3

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