put in

put in; putting in; puts in

Definition of put in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a formal offer or declaration of put in a plea of guilty
2 : to come in with : interpose put in a word for his brother
3 : to spend (time) especially at some occupation or job put in six hours at the office
4 : plant put in a crop

intransitive verb

1 : to call at or enter a place especially : to enter a harbor or port
2 : to make an application, request, or offer often used with for had to retire and put in for a pension— Seymour Nagan


biographical name
Pu·​tin | \ ˈpü-tin How to pronounce Putin (audio) \

Definition of Putin (Entry 2 of 2)

Vladimir Vladimirovich 1952–     president of Russian Federation (2000–08); prime minister (2008–12); president (2012–  )

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Synonyms for put in

Synonyms: Verb

drill, plant, seed, sow

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Examples of put in in a Sentence


put in a crop of winter wheat

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Both companies say that the majority of drivers are very part time, putting in fewer than 10 hours a week. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Uber, Lyft drivers continue despite gripes because options are few," 10 June 2019 Golden State needs to take the onus off KD and on itself, instead of letting its superstar twist in the wind as the wheels are put in motion for people to assume the worst. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Warriors Have Done Kevin Durant No Favors in NBA Finals," 9 June 2019 They are expected to draft the sweet-shooting, 6-foot-7 R.J. Barrett, who came out of Mississauga before putting in a cameo appearance at Duke. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Canada Becomes a Basketball Factory," 8 June 2019 When assembled, cover and put in the refrigerator overnight, then bake just before serving Dad on Father’s Day. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Hearty, make-ahead egg casserole for Father’s Day," 6 June 2019 After they are apprehended by Border Patrol along the border, the minors are processed and then put in HHS custody, which lands them in the shelters now facing budget cuts. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Cutting Funding for Education, Legal Services, and Recreation Activities at Migrant Youth Shelters," 6 June 2019 Those funds were in addition to the money Congress put in the fund in the annual federal budget. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "What Long-Awaited Disaster Funding Does—And Does Not—Include," 5 June 2019 The group also outlines tips for camps on how to put in place procedures to screen for illness, injury, and communicable diseases including measles as campers arrive, Freridge said. Mari A. Schaefer, https://www.inquirer.com, "How the record U.S. measles outbreak could affect your summer plans," 4 June 2019 The plan was to convert it into a BT-67, stretching the fuselage, replacing the engines, and putting in modern hydraulics. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of put in


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of put in was in the 15th century

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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