\ 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 onput 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
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 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



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 Among them was Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican who backtracked on a sweeping mask mandate earlier this year but recently stepped up enforcement of a statewide order put into place this summer. Washington Post, "Adopting mask mandates, some GOP governors give up the gospel of personal responsibility," 18 Nov. 2020 This is when the modern era in America is thought to have begun, when the frontier was closed and the reservation system put firmly in place. David Treuer, The New York Review of Books, "The Power Brokers," 17 Nov. 2020 Simply put, that’s not good enough. Stanford’s class ranks No.9 in the Pac-12 Conference and outside the top-50 nationally. oregonlive, "Pac-12 Conference football recruiting grades: Oregon Ducks continue soaring; Oregon State Beavers take step forward," 17 Nov. 2020 My mother dropped her bag with the manuscript inside it between her feet and put her hand over her mouth. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Stephen King's new crime novel, Later," 17 Nov. 2020 Simply put, a bootleg with a flood concept could formulate easily. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What bye-week wrinkles did Kevin Stefanski add to the Browns' offense, and did they work? -- Film Review," 17 Nov. 2020 New Orleans could’ve kept Holiday in place and put a similar package together to land Paul. Scott Kushner, NOLA.com, "Kushner: Jrue Holiday trade reaffirms Pelicans' belief in the long view," 17 Nov. 2020 Rhodes-Conway also expressed frustration with state lawmakers, who have failed to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while instead challenging the public health orders put into place by Gov. Tony Evers. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison, Dane County ban all indoor gatherings, outdoor gatherings larger than 10 people to limit spread of COVID-19," 17 Nov. 2020 Simply put, Matt Rhule’s squad has hit a major rut in his first season as head coach. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers picks, predictions: Who wins Week 11 NFL game?," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun James’ 3-pointer with 8:18 left in the third put the Lakers up 55-54 and set the tone for the way the rest of the night was going to go; L.A. leading, Miami chasing. Tim Reynolds, SFChronicle.com, "Lakers top Heat, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals," 6 Oct. 2020 Iguodala’s fourth 3-pointer put the Heat up 82-74 with 4:19 to play in the third quarter, leading to a Celtics timeout. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "It’s on to the Lakers and NBA Finals for Heat, after 125-113 pummeling of Celtics," 27 Sep. 2020 The 28-year-old put together a masterful performance in Dallas' best defensive game of the season. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Eagles, including more ups than downs for CB Trevon Diggs," 2 Nov. 2020 Labas, a 6-foot-4 senior bound for Iowa, connected with Luke Ganem for an acrobatic grab the put the Bees at the Avon 10. cleveland, "Because the defense seldom rested Friday, Avon gets a regional final rematch against Avon Lake next week," 31 Oct. 2020 When Jose Altuve’s two-out single put runners at the corners, Cash went to the bullpen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tampa Bay headed to World Series after beating Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of ALCS," 17 Oct. 2020 The fallacy of these tools can be seen in places like Ahoskie, an agricultural community framed by fields of soybeans and cotton whose high rates of poverty and unemployment put health care out of reach for many residents. Casey Ross @caseymross, STAT, "From a small town in North Carolina to big-city hospitals, how software infuses racism into U.S. health care," 13 Oct. 2020 Five epidemics in 20 years, each one a little worse than the one before—and this one many times worse than the other four put together. Robin Marantz Henig, National Geographic, "To end this pandemic, we must trust science," 13 Oct. 2020 As fans of the original Weakest Link can remember, Anne was known for her sassy put downs, harsh clap backs, and witty sarcasm on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Where 'The Weakest Link' Original Host Anne Robinson Is Now and Why She Left the Show," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Dan Dundon and Tim McDevitt volunteered to stay put, hoping to use the fire engine and water resources to protect the resort. Jake Thomas, oregonlive, "Residents recount terrifying descent of wildfire into Santiam Canyon: ‘It was like hot lava'," 18 Sep. 2020 But while studio-style bikes are pretty much designed to stay put, Exerpeutic offers shockingly sturdy devices that fold up for easy storage. Popular Science, "The best stationary bikes to help you crush cardio training at home," 7 July 2020 So that was kind of a put two and two together kind of situation. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Q&A: Former Longhorn Nate Boyer on social activism at Texas," 30 June 2020 Though such fires can travel some distance under the surface, and so do not have to reappear where last seen, most stay put. The Economist, "The fires within the deep Have Siberian fires been smouldering underground all winter?," 4 June 2020 Three weeks might not seem significant in a 16-month timeframe, but every day a decision wasn’t made put organizers further behind. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Olympics are to be held in 2021, organizers need every day to pull them off," 30 Mar. 2020 The future battles between him and Ballard sophomore Maker Bar with put fans in the stands by itself. David J. Kim, Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "The best of the preps: What stood out to us from this high school basketball season," 24 Mar. 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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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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