put to sleep

Definition of put to sleep

1 :to give (a sick or injured animal) drugs that will make it die without pain
2 informal :to use a drug to make (someone) unconscious before a medical operation :to give (someone) anesthesia before a medical operation
3 :to get (someone) ready to sleep for the night
  • Did you put the kids to sleep?
4 :to make (someone) fall asleep from boredom
  • Her lectures used to put me to sleep.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  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 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

sleep play
  1. : the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored — compare REM sleep, slow-wave sleep

  2. : a state resembling sleep: such as

  3. : a state of torpid inactivity

  1. : to rest in a state of sleep

  2. : to be in a state (as of quiescence or death) resembling sleep

  3. : to have sexual relations


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