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 forhad 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–  )

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for put in

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of put in in a Sentence

Verb put in a crop of winter wheat
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Children were put in smaller groups that stay together all day. Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say," 12 July 2020 Since individual voluntary workouts restarted May 8 and the club first returned to the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, stringent protocols were put in place for the players and the small circle of staffers that interacted with them. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Here's the unique path FC Cincinnati had to take to the MLS Is Back Tournament," 11 July 2020 Those authorities were put in place in an effort to keep detention cells along the border empty to avoid spreading infection. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Arrests along Mexico border jumped 40 percent last month, defying Trump administration immigration crackdown," 9 July 2020 Deadline outlines, in detail, many of the protocols put in place to make sure Malcom & Marie had a safe production. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Zendaya Secretly Filmed an Entire, Professional-Level Movie Amid the Coronavirus," 9 July 2020 Osman, who had signed a team-friendly contract extension in October, was put in a box as primarily a shooter within Cleveland’s offense. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Cedi Osman didn’t have a steady role during the season, but had pockets of effectiveness: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 8 July 2020 Much has changed in those three months: Stay-home restrictions were put in place and extended, then loosened, and suddenly set aside in many places by the state Supreme Court. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nearly 800 people have died from COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Here's what we are learning so far.," 2 July 2020 On Monday, Cartagena was put in touch with the sponsor, but neither the sponsor nor the family knew where they were being held. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Haitian family detained 3 weeks in San Antonio hotel," 1 July 2020 In some cases, depending on your anti-snake transgressions, you can be put in jail, or fined $25,000, or the carp cops will simply beat you to death on the spot. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The World’s Deadliest Snakes," 30 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'put in.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of put in


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about put in

Time Traveler for put in

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for put in

Last Updated

1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Put in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20in. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on put in

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for put in

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with put in

Nglish: Translation of put in for Spanish Speakers

Comments on put in

What made you want to look up put in? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!