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

Definition of put

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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 This week, that’s put Phoenix Rising FC coach Rick Schantz in a unique position. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2021 Simply put: The American workforce needs Latinas to fill the many jobs that are slowly starting to come back, and those that will be left behind by retiring baby boomers. oregonlive, 16 June 2021 Much importance was put upon the way in which Canadians and Americans intermingle. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2021 Such acute levels of vaccine inequity put the whole world at risk—even those countries with high vaccination rates. Prabal Gurung, Time, 16 June 2021 Brodsky’s father brought his military boots to the trial; Joseph put them on and walked to the Gulag. Anna Nemtsova, The Atlantic, 16 June 2021 Simply put, if people in esports and gaming only care about esports and gaming, then being an org is the ultimate accomplishment. Matthew Woods, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Simply put, some whiskies are becoming simply too expensive to drink! Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Simply put, America's armed forces are willing to die to protect all of our rights, including freedom of the press. Barbara Starr, CNN, 14 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Blazers got the score to 99-99, and then with 3:50 remaining Nurkic scored on a put-back to give Portland a 101-99 lead. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021 At the start of the third quarter, Williams out-muscled three Rockets for another offensive rebound and was fouled on the put-back. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Apr. 2021 Forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s put-back brought the score to 71-66 with just over two minutes left. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Juwan Howard set up an open 3-point look for cold-shooting Franz Wagner, who missed most of everything, and Eli Brooks missed a put-back before UCLA was able to corral the rebound. Kristen Davis, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 Still, the cost and responsibility of maintaining a second home put ownership beyond the reach of most would-be buyers. Dallas News, 23 May 2021 Joppatowne boys’ winners: Christian Vias, 100, 11.6; Johnson Aderemi, 200, 24.3; Owen Skelly, shot-put, 34-8, and discus, 98-7; Jaylin Johnson, high jump, 5-6. Bill Blewett, baltimoresun.com, 12 May 2021 The muscular 22-year-old put the ball in play twice against Nationals starter Joe Ross, forcing Ross to throw 11 pitches. Ben Nuckols, ajc, 5 May 2021 Oubre’s ensuing And-1 free-throw put the Warriors up 110-109. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If the Lions stay put, kick-starting their rebuild with a promising pass protector in Sewell would make a lot of sense for a franchise seemingly comfortable taking the long view. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2021 That has people who might have sold choosing instead to stay put, like Courtney Porcella and her husband, Jeffrey Cyr. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Bless the engineers who designed a door that stays put, sufficient justification to recommend this vehicle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021 The principles were simple: If you get lost, stay put — hug a tree — until help arrives. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 8 Dec. 2020 An active lifestyle requires earphones that are comfortable and stay put. Jennifer Manfrin, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 23 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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The first known use of put was in the 12th century

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18 Jun 2021

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“Put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put. Accessed 25 Jun. 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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