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

Definition of put

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 Gangs now resemble major criminal organizations that extort billions of dollars from the public and private sectors and put lives at risk. James Rundle, WSJ, "Ransomware Now Seen as Threat to National Security," 29 Apr. 2021 Many companies are looking for a level playing field that does not put them at risk of sharing sensitive data that competitors keep secret. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Corporate secrecy over climate change targeted by Washington and California," 29 Apr. 2021 Worlds of Marvel will put guests at the center of an Avengers adventure with a menu inspired by the superhero films. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "The New Disney Wish Will Be the Most Magical Ship at Sea — Take a Look Inside," 29 Apr. 2021 Most mock drafts have the Bears either trading up to get one of the top five first-round quarterback prospects or staying put at No. 20 and selecting a cornerback, wide receiver or offensive tackle. Joel Boyd, chicagotribune.com, "When do they pick in each round? What do the mock drafts say? Everything you need to know about the Chicago Bears and the 2021 NFL draft.," 28 Apr. 2021 Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said passing constitutional carry would potentially put police at risk when doing their jobs. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Abbott vows to sign legislation allowing Texans to carry firearms in public without a permit," 28 Apr. 2021 Some critics blamed the approach for the large number of resident deaths in the spring, a toll that the administration then put at around 6,000. New York Times, "Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll," 28 Apr. 2021 Preliminary recount numbers put Graham at 21,040 votes, including one write-in vote. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Preliminary Anchorage School Board seat E recount shows Higgins holding lead against Graham," 28 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile climate change might dry up grasses and water the wildlife relies on, increasing the odds that desperate animals will venture closer to humans and put themselves at higher risk of attack. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "See Stunning Collection of Portraits of Africa’s Most Endangered Wildlife," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were only two books in his childhood home—a Bible and a world history textbook—but a job as a page in a library put literature into his eager grasp. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Vartan Gregorian Rescued New York Public Library From Squalor," 23 Apr. 2021 Bridges had two incredible dunks, one coming on a drive down the lane by Anthony near the end of the first half, and another on a one-handed put-back, extending his arm to grab the rebound and reaching back to stuff it home. Steve Reed, Star Tribune, "Rozier, Hornets snap 4-game skid, beat Blazers 109-101," 18 Apr. 2021 Even better, in 2014, the United States Congress declared National Seersucker Day, celebrating a nationwide day where people can wear their seersucker with an effortless attitude and a fun-loving put together American style. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Haspel: The New Face Of Seersucker Cool," 7 Apr. 2021 It’s one of those loops that just kind of keeps going back, back to Johnny Juzang in the lane, putting up the shot, rebounding his own miss and then tying the game with the put-back. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Jim Nantz provides GOAT perspective on Jalen Suggs’ UCLA-killing buzzer-beater," 4 Apr. 2021 The visiting Wildcats got a put back by 6-foot-11 Azuolas Tubelis at the buzzer for an 84-82 victory over the Sun Devils Thursday night in Pac-12 play at Desert Financial Arena. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Sun Devils drop fifth straight, this time to Arizona on put back at buzzer," 21 Jan. 2021 That hit resulted in a targeting call that put linebacker James Skalski out for the rest of the game. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Ohio State routs Clemson in Sugar Bowl, will face Alabama for national title," 1 Jan. 2021 Teams release their true depth chart by the way the put their players on the field. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s depth chart for Penn State, since the Buckeyes won’t release their own," 30 Oct. 2020 And much like my shot-put days, the act of using my voice can be incredibly empowering. Brooke Baldwin, SELF, "How I Found Healing in Movement When I Stopped Fighting My Body," 8 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, "NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields, Trey Lance are last pieces in QB puzzle for final projection," 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, "There’s been no surge in sales for the spring housing market," 7 Apr. 2021 Bless the engineers who designed a door that stays put, sufficient justification to recommend this vehicle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Drive Review: Why These Two Mercedes SUVs Belong in the Same Garage," 1 Apr. 2021 The principles were simple: If you get lost, stay put — hug a tree — until help arrives. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boy’s death on Palomar Mountain led to wilderness survival program that endures," 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, "More American families struggling to afford food. Can food banks cope?," 8 Dec. 2020 An active lifestyle requires earphones that are comfortable and stay put. Jennifer Manfrin, chicagotribune.com, "28 best deals to beat the holiday rush," 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, "Mini pumpkin pies can help Thanksgiving 2020 feel right," 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, "Hurricane path forecasts have much improved. Are they as good as they can get?," 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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1 May 2021

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“Put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put. Accessed 6 May. 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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