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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The suspicion is that the leak was designed to ensure that a more Brexit-friendly person is put in the key diplomatic post after, as is widely expected, Boris Johnson becomes prime minister later this month. The Economist, "How to lose friends and not influence people," 8 July 2019 Clifford acknowledges Bamba has put in a lot of work to return from his stress-fracture injury but contends his development won’t be hindered playing behind Vucevic. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic coach Steve Clifford applauds free-agent signings, team’s roster versatility," 7 July 2019 The long lead time for the negotiations to secure the location meant that embroideries and some of the other astonishing techniques used in the vast collection of a staggering 125 looks could be put in production many months in advance. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana Stage an Epic Alta Moda Show in Sicily’s Valley of the Temples," 6 July 2019 Councilwoman Toni Iseman said some requirements were put in place to counter other issues, such as someone installing an air conditioning unit right below a neighbor’s bedroom window. Faith E. Pinho, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach council to review measures to streamline design review process," 5 July 2019 Stewart has put in his 10,000 hours of watching people using software…He has an uncanny ability to predict what someone using a piece of software is going to think. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Will Slack change work before work changes Slack?," 5 July 2019 My family spent two years living in an RV and traveling the country, so my children have put in some serious miles, most of them with surprisingly few complaints. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The Best Kids’ Podcasts for Long Summer Drives," 4 July 2019 In fiscal year 2017, records show $53.6 million was put into the indigent care fund; in fiscal year 2018, $58.2 million was put in. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "Cooper Green: What patients should know about healthcare partnership with UAB," 4 July 2019 Baum said PopMob members had been told they should be put in a gas chamber or shot, and that personal information about them had been released online. oregonlive.com, "Milkshake-makers in Portland protests say they got death threats after police warned of ‘quick-drying cement’," 3 July 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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