verb put put
, puts verb, transitive
- To place in a specified location; set: She put the books on the table.
- To cause to be in a specified condition: His gracious manners put me at ease.
- To cause (one) to undergo something; subject: The interrogators put the prisoner to torture.
- To assign; attribute: They put a false interpretation on events.
- To estimate: We put the time at five o'clock.
- To impose or levy: The governor has put a tax on cigarettes.
- Games To wager (a stake); bet: put $50 on a horse.
- Sports To hurl with an overhand pushing motion: put the shot.
- To bring up for consideration or judgment: put a question to the judge.
- To express; state: I put my objections bluntly.
- To render in a specified language or literary form: put prose into verse.
- To adapt: The lyrics had been put to music.
- To urge or force to an action: a mob that put the thief to flight.
- To apply: We must put our minds to it.
- To force the purchase of (a stock or commodity) by exercising a put option.
- To begin to move, especially in a hurry.
- Nautical To proceed: The ship put into the harbor.
- Sports An act of putting the shot.
- An option to sell a stipulated amount of stock or securities within a specified time and at a fixed price.
Fixed; stationary: stay put.Phrasal Verbs: put about Nautical
To change or cause to change direction; go or cause to go from one tack to another. put across
To state so as to be understood clearly or accepted readily: put her views across during the hearing.
To attain or carry through by deceit or trickery. put away
To renounce; discard: put all negative thoughts away. Informal
To consume (food or drink) readily and quickly: put away the dinner in just a few minutes. Informal
To confine to a mental health facility.
a. Informal To kill: The injured cat was put away.
b. To bury. put by
To save for later use: “Some crops were so abundant they could even be put by” (Carole Lalli). put down
a. To write down.
b. To enter in a list.
a. To bring to an end; repress: put down a rebellion.
b. To render ineffective: put down rumors.
To subject (an animal) to euthanasia. Slang
a. To criticize: put me down for failing the course.
b. To belittle; disparage: put down their knowledge of literature.
c. To humiliate: “Many status games seem designed to put down others” (Alvin F. Poussaint).
a. To assign to a category: Just put him down as a sneak.
b. To attribute: Let's put this disaster down to inexperience.
To consume (food or drink) readily; put away: puts down three big meals a day. put forth
To grow: Plants put forth new growth in the spring.
To bring to bear; exert: At least put forth a semblance of effort when you scrub the floor.
To offer for consideration: put forth an idea. put forward
To propose for consideration: put forward a new plan. put in
To make a formal offer of: put in a plea of guilty.
To introduce, as in conversation; interpose: He put in a good word for me.
To spend (time) at a location or job: I put in eight hours at the office.
To plant: We put in 20 rows of pine trees.
To apply: put in for early retirement. Nautical
To enter a port or harbor: The freighter puts in at noon. put off
a. To delay; postpone: put off paying the bills.
b. To persuade to delay further action: managed to put off the creditors for another week.
To take off; discard: put off a sweater.
To repel or repulse, as from bad manners: His indifferent attitude has put us off.
To pass (money) or sell (merchandise) fraudulently. put on
To clothe oneself with; don: put on a coat; put socks on.
To apply; activate: put on the brakes.
To assume affectedly: put on an English accent. Slang
To tease or mislead (another): You're putting me on!
To add: put on weight.
To produce; perform: put on a variety show. put out
To extinguish: put out a fire. Nautical
To leave, as a port or harbor; depart. To expel: put out a drunk.
To publish: put out a weekly newsletter.
a. To inconvenience: Did our early arrival put you out?
b. To offend or irritate: I was put out by his attention to the television set.
To make an effort. Baseball
To retire a runner. Vulgar Slang
To be sexually active. Used of a woman. put over
To postpone; delay. To put across, especially to deceive: tried to put a lie over, but to no avail. put through
To bring to a successful end: put the project through on time; put through a number of new laws.
To cause to undergo: He put me through a lot of trouble.
a. To make a telephone connection for: The operator put me through on the office line.
b. To obtain a connection for (a telephone call). put to Nautical
To head for shore. put together
To construct; create: put together a new bookcase; put together a tax package. put up
To erect; build. To preserve; can: put up six jars of jam.
To nominate: put up a candidate at a convention.
To provide (funds) in advance: put up money for the new musical.
To provide lodgings for: put a friend up for the night. Sports
To startle (game animals) from cover: put up grouse.
To offer for sale: put up his antiques.
a. To make a display or the appearance of: put up a bluff.
b. To engage in; carry on: put up a good fight. put upon
To impose on; overburden: He was always being put upon by his friends.
Origin: Middle English putten
Origin: , back-formation from Old English *pūtte
Origin: , past tense of pȳtan, to put out